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"Do nothing" on WEEE advice for councils

A senior member of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) has advised councils to "do nothing" about the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive.
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.

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