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A WEEE problem over trading evidence!

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme Electrolink has an overwhelming supply of surplus evidence notes because a number of producer compliance schemes have refused to buy evidence from the firm.

Under the WEEE Regulations producer compliance schemes work on behalf of manufacturers to collect WEEE evidence notes in order to show that they have met their obligations. Some producer compliance schemes may have a surplus of WEEE evidence notes because they collect more WEEE than others who have an undersupply. In order to balance the system they have to trade with each other.

The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) had set a deadline date of June 16 for producer compliance schemes to make sure they traded all their WEEE evidence notes to meet their obligations and balance out the system. It is still waiting to publish figures on whether all schemes have complied.

Electrolink sales and marketing manager Paul Van Danzig told MRW: A number of our surplus notes have not been traded by the WEEE evidence trading deadline because a number of compliance schemes did not buy our evidence to balance out their own requirements.

The implication of this is the defiance of the requirements and now it is over to the Government to ensure the smooth running of the regulations. The options available to the Government include the Secretary of State stepping in to buy evidence from the other schemes to balance the system.

BERR said in a statement:
The first step is for the environment agencies to consider the reasons schemes have given for non-compliance and any mitigating circumstances before deciding what enforcement action is appropriate, as set out in the regulations. At this stage it would be inappropriate to comment on speculation as to what action BERR (namely the Secretary of State) may or may not take.

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