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BERR praises WEEE system

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations have worked well in its first seven months despite a few glitches on the way, according to the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR).

It has nearly been a year since the WEEE Regulations were implemented on July 1 2007. In the run up to its first birthday a BERR spokeswoman told MRW: BERR is satisfied with the progress made in the first compliance period. The aim was to get the infrastructure arrangements in place, producers, distributors and local authorities registered as part of the WEEE collection network, and treatment facilities approved. We have 40 compliance schemes, 150 treatment facilities, 1500 designated collection facilities and 1100 public sites.

BERRs claims come amid a monumental WEEE evidence trading agreement between producer compliance schemes Repic and Electrolink. BERR refused to provide comment on the dispute but said that the WEEE system works by schemes working together and keeping in constant communication with each other.

The BERR spokeswoman added: Putting in place a strong system by way of infrastructure was our starting point. The next important step is raising consumer awareness. When regulations are laid for the first time it is only through experience that you discover how they work in practice. We have already undertaken some fine tuning specifically to resolve issues around tonnage and related to metal exports.

In 2006 we spent a considerable amount of time engaging with stakeholders before laying the regulations to ensure we had a system that was workable. Our priority was creating an effective system and weve achieved that. Electronic waste is being treated, there have been investments and we have an extensive collection network.


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