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14 November 2005 PR 05/110

New resource set to help companies reuse, recycle and recover

A new web-based resource, developed at Loughborough University, is aiming to show businesses how to navigate the latest legislation on handling electrical and electronic equipment at the end of its useful life.

SortED© Version 1.1 has been developed in response to new European legislation called the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, which is due to become law in the United Kingdom from July 2006. The directive will require all companies who manufacture, resell or import electrical and electronic equipment, to take responsibility for recovering and reusing or recycling large percentages of their waste. 

The new resource has been developed by Dr Tracy Bhamra and Dr Vicky Lofthouse from the Department of Design and Technology with the aid of an innovation fellowship grant.

SortED© Version 1.1 is a unique package for those who are required to comply with the forthcoming WEEE Directive. Potential users include:

By guiding users through three simple stages SortED© Version 1.1 enables them to quickly identify clear product targets set by the WEEE directive. It provides detailed case study examples for each of the ten categories of WEEE, to demonstrate end of life strategies, with specific design suggestions and considerations and downloadable worksheets for each, to help companies assess their products at their own pace, quickly and easily. There are also numerous links to additional sources of expert help. It has been created specifically for design teams and uses a simple visual interface and everyday language.

Copies can be ordered from www.weee-sorted.co.uk for £40 per seat. Contact 01509 222777 or enquiries@weee-sorted.co.uk

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For further information contact:

Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, Loughborough University,
T: 01509 222239, E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk


Dr Vicky Lofthouse, Department of Design and Technology, T: 01509 222777

Notes to editors
Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities. The National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students, and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough's income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded four Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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