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Consultation delay slammed

By Greg Pitcher

The UKs reputation is being damaged by delays in implementing the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, according to a key figure.

The final consultation document on the law had still not been published as MRW went to press despite earlier Government claims it would be out in late spring/early summer.

And with Parliament now on recess until September 7, the UK is risking censure from the EU for missing the August 13 implementation deadline.

Advantage Waste Brokers director Ian McQuaid this week insisted that the uncertainty was wrecking attempts to meet 2006 targets.

I dont think the WEEE Directive will become law by August and I think this will hinder the UKs chances as well as the Governments credibility.

The delays have been a hindrance for producers who want to budget for the necessary investment, and for authorities who need to plan their activities.

McQuaid sends WEEE from some retailers to RJS Global, which this week commissioned its own WEEE Directive-compliant recycling site.

McQuaid said: RJS has decided it has waited long enough for this consultation, but others are not willing to invest.

The Department of Trade and industry this week told MRW the consultation would be published late this week or early next week.

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