Posts Categorized: WEEE

WRAP Research – WEEE Treatment Techniques

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WRAP (Waste and Resource Action Programme) have recently released a summary of key findings following their research into the recovery and disposal of WEEE in the UK.  The document reviews the current situation for the recovery of WEEE and the potential opportunities to advance WEEE recovery in the future.  The changing WEEE landscape and how… Read more »

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 »

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 »

WEEE Recast Directive officially published 24th July 2012

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With the long awaited publication of the WEEE Recast Directive on 24th July 2012 in the EU’s Official Journal, WEEE Producers, Schemes, local authorities and AATFs now have a clearer idea of the time-frames and requirements that will be placed on them. The transposition rules state that the UK must create its own Regulations to implement the Directive… Read more »

EA upping its game re WEEE prosecutions

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WEEE prosecutions: No sooner than the ink was dry on BIS’s response to the Red Tape Challenge (see earlier article – http://strateco.co.uk/2012/07/bis-weee-red-tape-response/) where the EA is to list prosecutions, the EA has taken a Compliance Scheme, WEEE Light, to court over a non-compliance dating back to 2010.  While WEEE Light is challenging this, stating it… Read more »