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Allocation system could make WEEE transition smoother

With the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive set to kick in, there should be a centre that allocates areas for Producer Compliance Schemes (PCSs) to work in.

This is the view of Environmental Resources Management principal consultant Jackie Downes, who believes this could be the best and fairest way of ensuring that the system works properly.

WEEE categories will be grouped into five different divisions for local authorities to collect with more information due in the next two weeks. These should be roughly large household appliances (except cooling equipment), cooling appliances, televisions and monitors, gas discharge and everything else.

Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs) around the UK will be collecting up to five streams and the 30 PCSs will go out and service these. These will have to work together, but there is no legal requirement.

Somehow they will have to share out the sites, but some DCFs will be more attractive than others. For example, a PCS in Deeside which collects fridges and freezers would probably rather one in the North West that collects these rather than one in Cornwall, said Downes.

With no legal or fair allocation system currently in place, Downes fears we could see a mad scramble with PCSs fighting to sign up sites.

She therefore suggests that a centre for allocation could be the only way of ensuring that things run smoothly.

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