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EA clarifies position on household WEEE

The Environment Agency has said it will consider end-of-life electrical equipment that can be used both in household and commercial premises as “WEEE from private households” in the 2014 reporting period.

The agency has clarified its position in light of a recent announcement from the department of Business Innovation & Skills on the introduction of a ‘dual use’ category next year.

This means that when an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility receives WEEE and there is evidence to demonstrate that the material is likely to be used by both private households and businesses, it should issue Business–to-Consumer (B2C) evidence.

“Therefore, for 2014, a compliance scheme that collects, [for example] a load of waste TVs from a hotel would be able to class them as household WEEE for the purposes of evidence and would be able to use the evidence to offset their 2014 Displays target,” explained Phil Conran, director at 360 Environmental.

From 2015, the ‘dual use’ category will come into force, and producers will need to start using it to report data on the electrinic equipment the put onto market.

From 2016, producers will attract a B2C financing obligation based on their market share of all ‘dual use’ items they sold in 2015.

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