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DTI list encourages minimal WEEE trading

In an attempt to stop future speculation and abuse in waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) trading a list revealing the partnerships between Producer Compliance Schemes (PCS) and Designated Collection Facilities (DCF) will soon be published.

The information, published by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), should enable schemes to bilaterally swap WEEE instead of financially trading it. It will also stymie the opportunity for financial gain from trading WEEE to meet producer obligations.

Increased transparency should also help discourage deliberate over collection at some PCSs.
Repic and Valpak, which run major PCSs, have led calls for more transparency in the WEEE recycling system and support the DTIs list.

Using the list PCSs, will be able to see which DCFs are undersubscribed instead of chasing those which already meet their obligations. According to DTI regulations producer obligations are: The financing of the costs of the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE.

Repic chief executive Dr Philip Morton said: At a recent meeting of all PCSs and the DTI, Repic called for clarity to ensure PCSs werent actively targeting more WEEE than they require in direct conflict with DTI instruction.

This information will follow swiftly on the heels of the market share data released by the Environment Agency and together will bring clarity to the market, to ensure trading of WEEE remains minimal and speculation in WEEE is stopped.

By promoting market transparency PCSs that have reached their capacity for signing up sites compared to their members needs, the DTI could force them to withdraw from bidding for extra DCFs and relinquish sites if they have too many.

Valpak chief executive Steve Gough, said: We already know that there are five main players in the market place who together represent about 90% of the household WEEE market. By adding further clarity to the process, it will allow local authorities to make a more informed choice before signing up to a scheme that may, or may not be able to commit to their volumes.

 

 

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