A WEEE compliance fee system suggested by the Joint Trade Associations (JTA) has been preferred by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
On 27 January, BIS said it had settled on such a scheme in an attempt to discourage producer compliance schemes (PCSs) from collecting WEEE significantly above their targets and then seeking to sell that surplus at excessive prices to others short of their obligations.
On 2 February it announced it had approved the JTA proposal ahead of those from the Environment Exchange and compliance schemes operated by Dataserv, DHL, Transform, Valpak and Veolia.
A statement said: “BIS have asked us to inform you that the secretary of state has approved the WEEE compliance fee proposal submitted by the Joint Trade Associations. More information about how to access the fee will be available shortly. The system will be administered by Mazars LLP.”
JTA chair Richard Hughes, who is also technical manager at Amdea, said: “The JTA worked hard to ensure that the compliance fee mechanism we proposed was fair, robust, and straightforward to calculate.
“We selected Mazars as administrators, for their demonstrable expertise and independence. We are therefore pleased that our proposal has been approved for use by BIS.”
From this year, PCSs must either reach their WEEE collection target or pay a fee if they cannot meet their annual obligations under the regulations.
In April 2013, 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.
The JTA - in its own words
The full name of the JTA is the Joint Trade Association Group (Producer Responsibility). It is a grouping of nine leading trade associations in the electro-technical sector. Three producer owned and led WEEE PCSs contribute to the work of the JTA. It came together to achieve the common goal of introducing a fairer WEEE system.
The Trade Association members of the JTA are Amdea, Beama, Btha, EEF, Gambica, LIA, Petma, Seama and techUK. The PCSs who contribute to the work of the JTA are ERP UK, Recolight, and Repic. The JTA estimates that its combined membership represents approximately 90% of the WEEE producer obligation in the UK.