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BIS proposes higher WEEE collection targets for 2015

Provisional household WEEE collection targets “significantly above” EU requirements are being proposed after the UK exceeded last year’s target.

Overall, producers are likely to be asked by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to account for 508,756 tonnes through producer compliance schemes (PCSs) in 2015.

This consultation figure is 18,225 tonnes higher than the amount of household WEEE collected and recorded in 2014.

BIS said: “The overall target is significantly above the collection levels necessary to achieve the UK target of 484,661 tonnes for 2015. However, it is important that the targets placed on PCSs are reflective of likely WEEE arisings that producers have an obligation to finance.”

The WEEE Directive states that, until 2016, member states should impose targets equal to the weight of WEEE that was collected on average in the three preceding years. But BIS has chosen the average annual growth of WEEE since 2010 as a base.

Adjustments were made to lighting, displays and photovoltaic panels because previous growth trends do not reflect the current state of the market.

The targets take into account new guidance on how to report ‘dual-use’ WEEE launched by BIS and the Environment Agency.

Under the new rules, which aligns the UK with European WEEE regulations and come into effect in 2016, electrical equipment that can be used in either the household or work environment will count only as ‘home use’ or ‘business-to-consumer’.

BIS said: “It follows that an increase in the classification of household WEEE arising from non-household sources is possible in 2015. Analysis undertaken internally suggests that there is only likely to be a proportionately significant impact on categories 3 (IT & Telecoms) and 13 (Lamps). This has been considered in setting the 2015 collection targets.”

PCSs have been given five days to register their views on the proposals.

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