The catering industry is throwing away tens of thousands of working appliances, every year. Many enter the waste stream for the materials to be recycled, but this should be the last resort. Scrapping perfectly serviceable equipment undermines our sustainability aspirations and credibility. It’s also a waste of money – the value of this unnecessarily scrapped equipment on the second hand market, as a reused product, is worth tens of £millions per year. WEEE (the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) is designed to recycle components from equipment that is no longer working. Sadly it doesn’t protect serviceable equipment from being scrapped too early.