The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published guidance on how to submit proposals for a methodology to set compliance fees for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Compliance fees are penalties that producer compliance schemes (PCSs) can decide to pay if they cannot meet their annual obligations under the WEEE regulations.
BIS said: “The existence of a compliance fee is intended to discourage PCSs from collecting WEEE significantly above their targets and then seeking to sell that surplus at excessive prices to PCSs that are short of their target amount in any category for which they have obligations.”
Respondents can send their proposals here until 30 September.
In April, BIS said that compliance fees would be approved by the secretary of state by mid-February each year, with PCSs providing collection evidence by the end of January. PCSs would therefore not know whether it would be more economical to try to reach the collection target or pay the fee.