Posts Categorized: WEEE

BIS publishes a summary of the responses to the WEEE Consultation

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The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has now published a summary of the 200 + responses they received to the recent WEEE consultation. Overall a change to the current WEEE system was favoured. Of the four options proposed, option 4 (matching collection sites to compliance schemes) and option 3 (setting targets for compliance… Read more »

Response to WEEE Consultation delayed until September

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The consultation on the proposed changes to the UK WEEE Regulations invited responses on topics such as, meeting higher collection targets and simplifying the compliance system for Producers. There was specific focus on addressing the cost of compliance with Producers concerned the current costs do not represent the actual cost of recycling. Four options were… Read more »

Further Sentence in largest illegal export of WEEE Investigation

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As a result of the Environment Agency’s investigations into the illegal export of WEEE, December 2012 saw the further sentencing of defendants following the largest UK illegal WEEE export case. At the time, thought to not have sufficient funds to meet the financial penalties a further defendant has now been sentenced and ordered to pay… Read more »

BIS to discuss WEEE Consultation with stakeholders

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Following on from the original commitment by BIS to provide feedback eight weeks after the WEEE consultation closed on 21st June, the department has confirmed that they will be meeting a range of stakeholders for an informal discussion at two meetings on 4th September. The first meeting will be at the Industry Council for Electronic… Read more »

WEEE collection rates

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WEEE collection data published by the Environment Agency last month shows that the WEEE collection rate, as a percentage of that placed on the market, is on the increase despite a fall in the overall tonnage in the amount of WEEE that was collected. The provisional data shows that a total of 112,415 tonnes of… Read more »

BIS reassures local authorities regarding PV panels

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At a recent meeting of the WEEE Liaison Group, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) re-assured local authorities that the photovoltaic sector is developing a collection infrastructure for old PV panels which would reduce any instances of PV being delivered into local authority civic amenity sites. The PV industry, through PV CYCLE, has… Read more »

Recast Draft FAQs published

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Following the publication of the Recast WEEE Directive, DG Environment has now produced its first draft Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. The FAQ document is intended to help a range of stakeholders to interpret the provisions of the new WEEE Directive in order to ensure compliance with the Directive’s requirements. The FAQs, which comprise a… Read more »

Council recycling officers back proposals to change the UK’s WEEE system

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Local authority recycling officers, through their organisation LARAC, claims that the current WEEE legislation is complex and lacks transparency supporting ‘Option 3’ (Compliance Fee mechanism) which would be, they claim, the most viable option, stating that there are ‘numerous shortcomings’ with the existing system, which it says “does not allow for an equitable distribution of… Read more »

Agency issues further ‘Placed on the Market’ guidance

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The Environment Agency has published further guidance on the definition of ‘placed on the market’ being the point where Producers need to count the amount of electrical and electronic equipment, in tonnes, for which they have obligations. Using the EC guide to directives (the so-called Blue Book) they state that ‘placed on the market’ is… Read more »