The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has offered reassurance to local authorities who are concerned that they could lose out financially if evidence for their Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is unsold.
Concerns have arisen over problems with WEEE evidence data which show a mismatch between the amount of WEEE the producer compliance schemes(PCSs) say they have collected versus the amount of WEEE that has been submitted to the Settlement Centre, where all the WEEE evidence is recorded.
The two figures should balance but if more is accounted for than actually recycled, there would be a surplus of evidence for sale which could see prices fall or some evidence notes remaining unsold. Without the correct data BERR cannot publish its final WEEE collection obligations for PCSs.
BERR issued a statement to PCSs and said: Evidence via Settlement Centre has now been taking place since the beginning of April, and to date schemes have sold around 39,000 tonnes of evidence, and local authorities 1,900 tonnes.
Despite this successful trading, the recent press coverage about the delayed publication of schemes final collection obligations, has prompted a number local authorities to contact us expressing concern that they will not find a buyer for their evidence. Some are also worried that they will not recover the costs they have incurred in having WEEE treated.
Before any further trading of local authority evidence takes place, I am writing to remind schemes that the price of local authority evidence should be, not what schemes are prepared to pay, but the costs that local authorities have incurred, provided these are legitimate producer costs, and those costs can be substantiated.
I am writing separately to all local authorities with Settlement Centre accounts to make this clear.
BERR is hoping that the two sets of data will be more closely aligned when a review takes place this Friday (May 16).