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EA calls for WEEE help

Finding rogue traders and making them comply with the WEEE Directive should be done by the national clearing house, the Environment Agency (EA) has insisted.

The Governments waste watchdog said the company chosen to run the clearing house should be forced to take on some of its WEEE enforcement responsibilities.

An EA spokesman said: Comprehensive specifications will be required to ensure the clarity of the role of the clearing house and its relationship with the EA.

This will be key to ensuring efficient, proportionate enforcement and compliance monitoring.

The EA recognises that it has the primary role for enforcement but considers that the clearing house, with its knowledge of the industry, should have the lead role in promoting registration and identifying and encouraging free riders to comply.

The EA considers that the specifications should therefore include requirements for promotional work and also market intelligence to identify and encourage free riders to comply.

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