The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has extended the timetable to enable Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) producer compliance schemes to reconcile their WEEE data because of problems with the figures.
All producer compliance schemes (PCS) have to submit evidence to the Glasgow-based Settlement Centre. This records all the WEEE evidence from approved authorised treatment facilities (AATFs) to compliance schemes or local authorities that operate designated collected facilities (DCFs) without a compliance scheme partner to show that the necessary treatment and recycling has been carried out.
The problem occurred when there was a discrepancy between the amount of evidence the Settlement Centre had versus the data submitted by PCS and DCFs.
PCS Electrolink marketing director Paul Van Danzig said: A discrepancy has occurred between the amount of WEEE the PCS have collected and the amount of WEEE that has been reprocessed that has appeared on the Settlement Centre. The reality is that you cannot have two different sets of figures.
Understandably with any new system you are going to have teething problems and discrepancies in data can occur. But we welcome BERR, the EA and SEPAs approach in extending the reporting deadline in order to enable schemes to reconcile their data which will hopefully mean no mismatches occur.
About 200,000 tonnes of WEEE is likely to have been placed on the Settlement Centre but it doesnt match with the WEEE figure produced by PCSs.
BERR has had to delay publication for final collection obligations of compliance schemes for the first compliance period [July 2007-December 2007] because of the conflicting data. BERR said:
The disparity is such that it calls into question the robustness of the data submitted by schemes obligations. We need to understand the reasons for the disparity before we publish final obligations, and we will be in touch with a number of schemes this week to ask them to double check the accuracy of the evidence that AATFs and Approved Exporters have submitted into the Settlement Centre on their behalf.
BERR will now expect to publish final collection obligations before May 16 and the deadline for submission of declarations of compliance will be extended by a corresponding period. We will not take enforcement action against any scheme that does not submit their declaration of compliance on or before June 1 2008 providing they do not submit their declaration of compliance on or before June 16 2008 in accordance to the revised timetable.