The UK environment agencies have announced that the launch of the Producer Responsibility & Shipments Database (PRSD) has been delayed and is now expected for 2016.
The PRSD project aims to provide an integrated IT system to meet the regulatory requirements of the WEEE, packaging and batteries sectors, as well as international waste shipments.
The Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Northern Ireland Environment Agency had hoped that the first phase of the project would go live in October 2014.
This first phase would have focused on a platform to support producer registrations and treatment/exporter operator approvals for 2015.
However, the agencies said in a joint statement: “A number of challenges emerged that meant we did not have time to work collaboratively with industry and [to go ahead we] would have had to compromise on the quality and functionality of the system”.
The agencies added that postponing the launch would allow them to review the approach and the technology involved.
“It’s been a difficult decision to take to delay the project, but we believe it’s the right one to ensure we get the best possible system in place.”