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BIS plumps for WEEE compliance fee scheme

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has decided to implement a compliance fee system under an administrator for the 2014 WEEE compliance period.

From this year, producer compliance schemes (PCSs) must either reach their WEEE collection target or pay a fee if they cannot meet their annual obligations under the regulations.

Such a fee is intended to discourage PCSs from collecting WEEE significantly above their targets and then seeking to sell that surplus at excessive prices to others that are short of their obligations.

BIS consulted on three suggested methodologies to calculate the fee under proposals submitted by the Joint Trades Association, the Environment Exchange (t2e) and from compliance schemes operated by Dataserv, DHL, Transform, Valpak and Veolia.

Interested parties have been told by BIS that it has chosen to adopt a methodology and administrator for the 2014 WEEE compliance period. BIS said it will announce details of the winning bid next week.

A sector source told MRW this was an important development because there was no certainty that BIS would agree to put in such an arrangement for 2014 as WEEE regulations allow the secretary of state to choose to do so - or not - each year.

“This announcement therefore changes the dynamics between PCSs that have spare WEEE, and those that need more to comply.  Both supplier and buyer are now aware that there will be an alternative means of compliance. It also helps PCSs where there may be a shortage of WEEE in particular categories,” the source said.

The Environment Agency has advised WEEE schemes and approved authorised treatment facilities (AATFs) of the move.

Its circular says: “Please note that all 2014 evidence transfers must take place by this Saturday 31 January. By this date all evidence notes must be issued by AATFs and accepted by Compliance Schemes if the evidence is to be used to satisfy a Scheme’s 2014 obligation”.

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.

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