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BIS consults on WEEE compliance fee proposals

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is seeking feedback on proposals for the upcoming WEEE compliance fee, which is due to be introduced in February 2015.

From next year, producer compliance schemes must either reach their WEEE collection target or pay the fee to make up for the shortfall.

The BIS consultation on three suggested methodologies to calculate the fee, which can be viewed online here, closes at the end of November. The department asks for opinion on the proposals and whether the Secretary of State should approve a compliance fee for 2014.

Proposals have been submitted by the Joint Trades Association, the Environment Exchange and from the WEEE compliance schemes operated by Dataserv, DHL, Transform, Valpak and Veolia.

The introduction of a compliance fee has already attracted some criticism. Writing in the next issue of MRW, Peter Hunt, managing director of Waste-Care Group, said: “It has been stated that the existence of a fee is to discourage schemes collecting WEEE significantly above their targets and then seeking to sell that surplus at excessive prices.

“But originally it was designed as a ‘top-up’ for schemes unable to achieve their targets; it was not to be used as a sanction.”

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