Compliance at a competitive cost – Repic’s software was not meeting the continually changing business needs and government requirements of the recycling compliance business in which they work.
A not-for-profit company, formed in January 2004 by the UK producers of electric and electronic equipment, REPIC Limited is the UK’s largest electrical and electronic producer recycling compliance scheme. It has 129 compliance scheme members, and is owned solely by companies obligated under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipement (WEEE) Directive.
Its role is to administer and discharge the obligations of its members under the Directive. It also provides Battery and Packaging compliance solutions for its members.
Since its formation in 2004, REPIC has constructively engaged with producers, government, local authorities, retailers, the re-use sector, other compliance schemes, waste transport and treatment sectors, to offer solutions for a low cost sustainable and equitable implementation of Producer Responsibility legislation in the UK.
REPIC’s business system “ERIC”, was split into two sections: a web-based service, and a back-office system, which was adapted to meet the requirements from European directives. After several years of trading, many of the anticipated business processes had changed. Both systems no longer met the needs and requirements of the company. REPIC needed to update their system to meet with the Environment Agency’s current practices as well as future-proof the software against further change.
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
Triangle started working with REPIC in 2009, and provided a two-stage update to their software which focused on aligning the processes with the priority requirements and needs of the business. The first stage ensured that data entry and reporting was automated or simplified to reduce error, duplication and inefficiency; and that reporting was flexible and it’s use maximised on a daily basis.
The second stage looked at website changes both visual and for data handling and entry. The collected data is exported as an XML file, and changes to the calculations on this, as well as member obligations has to be updated and amended so that it would display correctly, and the figures add up to the expected totals.
Their bespoke software now ensures that collection and delivery of electrical items are handled and processed through clear, auditable routes.
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