WEEECO Waste Disposal System (2008)

Christopher, Patrick Johnson (Inventor)

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    A container (1) for the storage and transport of waste electrical and/or electronic equipment has at least one tray (17) provided with an array (24) of upwardly projecting resilient locating portions. The tray receives relatively small waste equipment such as electric lamps, mobile telephones or the like in a number of different orientations in which the items will occupy spaces between the locating portions and will be gripped by the locating portions.(taken from the EPO Espacenet patent database - http://gb.espacenet.com)
    Original languageEnglish
    Patent numberWO2009095699
    IPCB65F 1114
    Priority date1/02/08
    Filing date2/02/09
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2009

    Bibliographical note

    This patent has been granted in the UK, Europe and US and published with different application numbers for the different countries/regions. These can all be accessed for free (with links to the other equivalent patent applications) on the EPO patent website Espacenet database at http://gb.espacenet.com. Author's note: WEEECO specialises in the development of sustainable eco-friendly solutions to WEEE (waste electronic and electrical equipment). The company wanted to develop a container for WEEE complying with new EU/UK directives on the collection, storage and disposal of WEEE for household and non-household use. These regulations came into force in mid-2007.
    Weeeco wished to turn its default solution for its clients into an industry default solution that would bring a sustainable approach to the collection, segregation and protection of Non Household and Household WEEE for all EEC countries. The container would be for use at external sites such as public tips.
    The brief for the design of the scalable solution required that it:
    • Be cost effective.
    • Be colour coded to the various waste streams introducing a default reference
    • Be designed to be flexible enough to enable sustainable transport logistics: ideally be flat-packed to reduce transport costs, with modular set-up.
    • Be of an ergonomic design to improve industry Health & Safety performance
    • Be designed without the influence of an industry that has been working in a landfill culture for many years.
    • Permit users to drive up close to the container so that heavy items could be easily loaded.
    The novelty aspect of the solution is primarily in the design of the removable retention tray allowing safe stowage and transportation of lighting components such as incandescent, halogen bulbs and fluorescent tubes.
    Chris Johnson is the named inventor of the solution holding patents in the UK, Europe and the US.
    ALL the attached images are to be used for educational purposes only and must not be adapted, changed or used for any other purpose without written consent from the copyright holder Chris Johnson: arx205@coventry.ac.uk. The work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


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