Monthly Archives:: January 2013

EA investigating alleged WEEE shipment to Nigeria

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The Environment Agency has launched an investigation into an alleged illegal shipment of waste electrical and electronic equipment from Tilbury docks to Nigeria. Two containers have been impounded at the docks in Nigeria and the Nigerian authorities have ordered that the containers be returned to the UK, and have issued a $1million (£632,000) fine to… Read more »

Waste sector has ‘huge potential’

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In a recent address to waste industry delegates at the House of Commons the Recycling Minister, Lord de Mauley, said that the waste sector has “huge potential” to contribute to the UK’s economic recovery, by helping to secure vital raw materials for manufacturers. He said: “The resources sector has huge potential to contribute to the… Read more »

Meeting of Large Scale PV Working group

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Following the success of an earlier meeting in December the Solar Trade Association is hosting another event on Tuesday 29th January at the offices of Osborne Clarke in London from 10.30am to 1pm. DECC will attend this meeting to give a market update on the PV Strategy, the Renewables roadmap and an overall summary of… Read more »

Tackling waste crime will be a DEFRA priority

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Speaking to waste industry delegates in the House of Commons on 22nd January the Recycling Minister Lord de Mauley commented that, while DEFRA would work to ensure that regulation does not provide uncertainty to investors by creating an ‘uneven playing field’, he said: “Proportionate regulation is vital to protect the environment and there must be… Read more »

Joint Trades Association supports Substantiated Estimates approach

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The Joint Trades Association, comprising a number of key trade bodies and their members affected by the WEEE Regulations, have formally stated their unanimous support for the use of ‘substantiated estimates’ to assist the UK in reaching the forthcoming WEEE collection targets. The development of ‘protocols’, as a mechanism for calculating activities that take place… Read more »

Update on the Free Rider Project

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Following our 7th November posting on the free rider project – the attempt to identify companies avoiding their Producer obligations under WEEE – the consultants have reported a significant number of companies, potentially up to 13,500, described as free riders. The results are very questionable and appear to be significantly too high which has led… Read more »

Household WEEE recycling falls below 2011 rate

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The household WEEE recycling rate for the first three quarters of 2012 has dipped slightly when compared to the same period in 2011, according to Environment Agency data. They indicate that the UK is still significantly short of meeting a 45% recycling rate required in 2016. The data shows that the tonnage of waste electrical… Read more »