In a joint statement with the Environment Agency (EA) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, BERR said that it was now able to provide schemes with details of their final obligations for financing the collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of household WEEE. The Government Agency has said that it will base its evidence on the data from the settlement centre, where all WEEE evidence is recorded, rather than the figures the producer compliance schemes (PCSs) say they have collected.
The move comes amid concerns over problems with WEEE evidence data which showed a mismatch between the amount of WEEE the producer compliance schemes say they had collected versus the amount that had been submitted to the settlement centre. There was a possibility that if the data did not balance there would be a surplus of evidence for sale which could have seen prices fall or some evidence notes remaining unsold, causing apprehension among local authorities.
BERR asked all PCSs to check their data so that it could reconcile the differences between the amount of WEEE evidence they submitted to the settlement centre compared to the amount the PCSs say they collected.
BERR told PCSs: The outcome of the exercise is that the gap between the two data sets has narrowed from around 3% to under 1%. However, in five out of the 13 WEEE categories, the amount of evidence that schemes hold is still greater that the amount of WEEE that they tell us that they have sent for treatment.
In view of this, we have decided to base the final collection figures for compliance period one on the amount of evidence issued rather than schemes quarterly return data as we had previously intended.
The main reason for this is to ensure producers meet the costs of collecting and treating all the household WEEE for which evidence has been issued in the compliance period.
Data related to the final WEEE collection obligations will be published on the EA website this week.
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