Monthly Archives:: August 2012

AIWOLG Meeting planned for September

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The Environment Agencies and Industry WEEE Liaison Group will be holding a meeting on the 19th September to follow up agreed actions from the March meeting (the June meeting being cancelled). These include actions for the Environment Agencies to identify why 492 companies failed to renew registration and to confirm the processes to identify companies… Read more »

Producer responsibility regulations review

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A consultation on proposed amendments to the UK’s producer responsibility regulations is due to be launched in early 2013 in an attempt to achieve alignment and to reduce costs for businesses. The review will encompass the four PR regulations currently in place – covering packaging, end-of-life vehicle, WEEE and batteries. DEFRA has now published a… Read more »

IPR report favours WEEE recycling design incentive

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A working group, originally set up by BIS, is recommending incentives for Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) for WEEE. The IPR working group has recommended that BIS consider a system that favours producers who manufacture products that are easy to recycle. The report is in line with the argument that an Individual Producer Responsibility approach –… Read more »

New EA Guidance on display WEEE recycling

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The Environment Agency has recently published internal guidance on the storage and treatment of flat panel displays. While it is an internal document, it is useful for recyclers (AATFs) in order for them to work towards conforming to the requirements which would be viewed as Best Available Treatment, Recovery and Recycling Techniques. The guidance, which… Read more »

EA WEEE Guidance Questioned

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Carl Kruger, Director of Strateco, questions the Environment Agency guidance on when equipment is viewed as waste. “The Guidance, issued in March of this year, clearly states that a householder who donates an item, that doesn’t work but is not obviously beyond repair, to a charity or community refurbishment workshop, that the item is then… Read more »

WEEE Focus on Africa

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WEEE generation in Africa is potentially set to exceed that of Europe by 2017 due to population growth and access to electrical and electronic products. David Burton, Chairman of Strateco Ltd, and an old ‘Africa hand’ commented “The current WEEE situation in Africa is very different from Europe in that about 20% of the African… Read more »

WEEE Scheme Forum responds to BIS proposals

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The WEEE Scheme Forum, which represents that vast majority of Producer obligations in the UK, has responded to recent proposals published by BIS relating to a number of interim measures that BIS are minded to enact before the new WEEE Regulations come into force in 2014. In particular the forum welcomes the changes to end… Read more »

Producer Compliance Schemes jostle for local authority contracts

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There are 38 competing Producer Compliance Schemes operating under the WEEE regulations – almost as many as the whole of the rest of Europe. David Burton, Chairman of Strateco, gives his views on recent BIS data relating to local authority collections. “With many local authority waste arrangements now under long term PFI contracts it was… Read more »

ERA Conference 2012: Meeting the Technical and Regulatory Challenges

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ERA’s annual conference, now its fourteenth year, is planned for 14th-15th November and will attract delegates from a broad range of professions involved in compliance, design, quality assurance and the production and distribution of electrical and electronic equipment. The event promises to be stimulating targeting hot topics from the introduction of RoHS2 and future amendments… Read more »