The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published updated regulations designed to improve the effectiveness of the UKs system for collection and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
Key revisions include:
- Producer Compliance Scheme approval process from 1 January 2010 any scheme applying for approval will be subject to open ended approval based on a rolling three year operational plan which will be subject to an annual review and audit by the environment agencies
- Criteria for Authorised Treatment Facilities and exporters [AEs] approval has been revised to include a requirement that the facility is able to meet the reprocessing targets contained in the regulations and directive.
- Streamlining of the evidence process AATF or AE will now issue evidence on the tonnage of WEEE received. This will help to speed the flow of evidence through the system and ease cash flow issues for AATF and AEs
- Data reporting changes have been made to the requirements for PCSs, AATFs and AEs to ease administration burdens and provide the agencies with more focused and relevant data.
Minister for Business Ian Lucas said: These amending regulations will help streamline the WEEE system and ensure PCSs continue to take an active role in the environmentally sound disposal of unwanted equipment. The amending regulations also aim to reduce the administrative burdens placed on the treatment sector.
I am confident these changes will bring benefits and encourage increased cooperation between stakeholders, to raise collection levels in the future.
I am also pleased to announce today (6 November) the continuation of the distributor take-back scheme for a further three compliance periods.
Under the WEEE Regulations, distributors directly supplying new Electrical and Electronic Equipment for use by private households, are required to offer in-store take back for all old EEE returned by consumers when they are purchasing new products. Retailers become exempt from offering in-store take back by joining a DTS to provide the collection and recycling of WEEE.
Phase one of the DTS system ran out at the end of this year. Under the DTS phase two distributors can discharge their obligations by paying into the scheme which contributes finance towards WEEE collection facilities at civic amenity sites.
Key features of the DTS phase two are:
- Scheme to operate from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2012.
- Membership fees charged to distributors proportionate to their total market share of all electrical and electronic equipment retailing.
- Assuming current membership levels of around 75 per cent of the UK EEE market, a fund of about £2 million (which could rise to a maximum of £4.7m in event of 100 per cent uptake by electrical retailer sector) for dissemination to local authorities as a contribution towards maintenance of designated WEEE collection facilities at civic amenity sites and projects designed to drive up collection rates.
- A separate New Investment Fund of about £1.5m to support establishment of new/replacement designated collection facilities at civic amenity sites or to add additional WEEE waste streams to existing sites.
- Valpak Retail Services Ltd has today (6 November) been appointed to continue to operate the Scheme.