LARAC vice chairman Durk Reyner speaking at a seminar on WEEE said: "What now [for local authorities]? Personally, I would do nothing. I have a lot on my plate. I would only light touch WEEE until we hear about the national clearing house, how we will get funding and how we will adapt the sites. I personally would wait and see. "We haven't even thought of WEEE in my authority [Welwyn Hatfield District Council] as we have had everything else to think about. Now is not the time to worry."
At an earlier seminar, Environment Agency producer responsibility manager Jeff Cooper predicted the Government would take a softly-softly approach against companies that had not registered their WEEE compliance when the Directive comes into force this August.
He said: "There will be a national regulatory authority dealing with this issue. Recognising the huge number of people who need to register, I think there will be flexibility in recalcitrant registers."
While the British Retail Consortium CSR policy director Nigel Smith warned that only 40 to 45% of retailers would be ready when WEEE is fully launched. And with up to 60% not ready, this would have funding implications as these retailers would not be financing WEEE collection schemes when it is rolled out.
The seminars were organised by London Remade.