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BIS to introduce ‘dual use’ category in WEEE regs

A ‘dual use’ category in statutory guidance on the classification of WEEE items will be introduced, the Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) department has announced.

Under the current UK interpretation, an assessment must be made by those collecting and treating items whether they are classified as household (business to consumer, B2C) or non-household (business to business, B2B) WEEE.

The new dual use category will apply to products that can be used in both households and business. Producers will need to start reporting dual use from 2015, but change in collection requirements will be come into force in January 2016.

The department said this will allow time for businesses to adapt to the change. The move aligns the UK ‘s position to European WEEE regulations.

BIS said it will also review the costs of compliance and draft a new definition of ‘WEEE from Private Households’, with guidance expected to be published by March 2015

The department will use data collected in 2015 to set the 2016 household WEEE collection targets.

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