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Amendments to WEEE Regulations will improve system, says industry expert

The recent amendments to the waste electrical and electronic equipment Regulations should improve the UK system for all stakeholders, according to an industry expert.

Last week the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published updated regulations to improve the effectiveness of the collection and treatment of WEEE in the UK.

Speaking about the amended regulations, WEEE compliance scheme Repic chief executive Philip Morton said they were simple and effective positive changes for everyone.

He added: Producer compliance schemes must have viable plans to collect WEEE equivalent to their needs, not more and not less and must have agreements in advance with other schemes. All schemes will have to detail the source of any WEEE collected and the approved authorised treatment facility or approved exporter it went to. This is great news and should plug some of the leaks in the system.

Under the new revisions made by BIS, from 1 January 2010 any PCS applying for approval will be subject to open ended approval based on a rolling three-year operational plan (see MRW story). There will also be streamlining of the evidence process and evidence will have to be given on the tonnage of WEEE received in order to speed the flow of evidence through the system.

Morton said: Local authorities, waste companies operating designated collection facilities and distributors collecting WEEE can make an informed choice and deal directly with a PCS that requires the WEEE or indirectly through a PCS that doesnt, and has to rely on advanced third party agreements with other PCSs. AATFs and AEs become responsible for recovery and recycling targets which makes real sense and should drive up environmental performance, they will be able to issue evidence on receipt of WEEE, removing the current second stage bottle neck.

The timing changes for provision of data, submission of declaration of compliance and shortened trading window are all welcome improvements.

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