Were still in a consultation period and it is very important to hear your concerns and questions. In a standard DTI consultation we would expect about 300 responses. Please, if you have anything to say, say it now, said WEEE implementation team assistant director Debra Huntington at the MRW-organised WEEE conference in London last week.
Questioned about more delays to the implementation of the directive, Huntington said: The date of July 1 is set in stone. There is no way around that.
Electrical producers and retailers expressed frustration at the uncertainty surrounding the directive and exactly what they needed to do to comply with the regulations. Questioned about when the Government intended to launch a public information campaign for the new directive, Huntington said it would be after the directive had come into effect in July.
We dont want another fridge mountain and want to ensure the infrastructure is in place. The infrastructure should be in place by July 1 but we dont want everyone turning up at local authority sites before that, she said.
Local authorities expressed concerns that they would not be able to upgrade their existing civic amenity (CA) sites to become designated collection facilities for £6,000 sum that has been proposed. Hounslow council said it estimated upgrading its current CA site to a designated collection facility would cost an additional £40,000 in set up charges and on-going costs including extra staff.
Responses to the WEEE consultation can be e-mailed to the WEEE implementation director at Tony.Pedrotti@dti.gsi.gov.uk by October 17.