Posts Categorized: WEEE

WEEE Scheme Forum seeking role under new WEEE Regulations

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The WEEE Scheme Forum, which represents 26 of the 38 producer compliance schemes in the UK and over 90% of the tonnage obligation, has announced that it is preparing a bid to act as the operator of a ‘Producer Takeback Scheme’ or to administer the allocation of collection facilities to schemes, as set out in… Read more »

Photovoltaic panels to come under new WEEE legislation

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One of the key developments in the recent WEEE consultation is the inclusion of photovoltaic (PV) panels from 1st January 2014 – this places a number of legal obligations upon the PV sector. While the regulations are somewhat complex, in simple terms they place obligations upon UK importers or manufacturers of PV modules (defined as… Read more »

Industry begins to consider the WEEE Consultation

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While the focus of the WEEE consultation is on the options proposed for addressing issues related to competition in the B2C sector there are some key issues where BIS have scored well. Their proposals for the creation of a 14th category for photovoltaic panels has received universal acceptance. The pragmatic approach of allowing Producers to… Read more »

Orgalime respond to WEEE Directive

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Orgalime, the European federation of major trade associations, has released its core responses to the transposition of the WEEE Directive. Not to be confused with the current consultation taking place at UK level it, nevertheless, emphasises some of the key points that UK government needs to address when considering the UK transposition. In particular it… Read more »

Further Producer Responsibility Consultation launched

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Plans to harmonise the UK’s producer responsibility regimes for packaging, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries were released yesterday in a bid to reduce the regulatory burden placed on businesses. The proposals are a part of the government’s plan to cut red tape and bring the producer compliance regimes more closely in line… Read more »

BIS WEEE Consultation finally published

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The Department of Business Innovation and Skills has announced its release of the WEEE consultation arising from the Recast Directive. Running to just under 300 pages, including impact assessments and draft regulations, the main focus is on attempting to address the current system which places power, and additional added value, to those players who have… Read more »

Local authority survey reveals lack of WEEE awareness

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A recent survey of 170 local authority waste disposal officers has revealed that about half of councils are unaware if their partner WEEE compliance scheme collects too much or too little WEEE to meet their members’ obligations. In total, 51% of the respondents questioned as part of the survey, said they had no knowledge of… Read more »

WEEE sector prepares for consultation

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The various stakeholders that operate under WEEE legislation prepare for their Easter break in anticipation of the appearance of the WEEE consultation expected immediately after the holidays. The major controversy revolves around the efforts to address, so far unsuccessfully, the existence of an ‘evidence’ trading floor which Producers claim is adding to their costs of… Read more »

2012 WEEE collection data released

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The UK’s WEEE collection rate rose fractionally in 2012, despite lower actual collections, but aided by a fall in the tonnage of new products placed onto the market, data published by the Environment Agency last week has shown. The provisional figures show that the total collection rate for household and non-household waste electrical and electronic… Read more »

Official launch of EEE reuse standard

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Both the Environment Agency and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have welcomed the official launch of a reuse specification for used electrical items which is expected to make it easier to identify illegal shipments of WEEE. The PAS 141 specification has been developed by industry experts working with BIS and will be… Read more »