Farnell element14 Prevents 83 Tonnes of Waste going to Landfill with Successful Recycling Scheme

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Farnell element14, the Development Distributor, is redirecting over 10 tonnes of waste from landfill each year through its recycling scheme. The scheme has recycled almost two million reels and over 200,000 waffle trays, amounting to 83 tonnes of avoided waste since launch in 2011.

Over 250 customers use Farnell element14’s recycling programme which allows them to send back empty reels and JEDEC waffle trays, free of charge, from anywhere in Europe. The recycling scheme is unique in the electronic component industry, saving customers money as well as reducing the amount of waste going into landfill and reducing their carbon footprint.

Once reels and waffle trays are collected, Farnell element14 works with UK-based not for profit Social Enterprise Co-operative, Enabled Works and Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Humber to remove labels and prepare them for reuse, providing job opportunities for the disabled and prisoners.

The current business premises in Morley Leeds comprises of a suite of offices above a 12,600 square foot factory workspace area which ideally lends itself to three very different income streams.

Mathew Thorpe, Regional Sales Director – UK and Ireland, Farnell element14, says: “As a leading distributor in the electronics industry, Farnell element14 is committed to reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill from its operations. Our free-of-charge recycling scheme, available to customers across Europe, is part of delivering against this commitment, saving money for customers and helping them achieve their own targets for reduced waste.”

Farnell element14’s recycling scheme won a Green Apple Award in 2013.

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Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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