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Econo-WEEE appeal EA's WEEE decision

Waste electrical and electronic equipment producer compliance scheme Econo-Weee has made an appeal to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills against the Environment Agencys decision to decline its 2010 WEEE PCS application.

Econo-Weees application to become a PCS for 2010 failed on 1 October. The EA also rejected its application to operate a battery compliance scheme, Econo-Batt.

Other unsuccessful WEEE PCSs that failed to gain approval for 2010 included Draeger Medical and Transform.

Econo-Weee director John Kerr told MRW his initial reaction to both rejections was one of astonishment as his firm was given no indication that this was coming.

The firm has e-mailed all of its members about the situation 450 had registered for 2010.
Under the WEEE Regulations, a scheme has to have a viable plan to collect the amount of WEEE equivalent to its obligation.

Kerr said the main reason the EA rejected Econo-Weees application was that the firm had submitted its operational plan and viable plan with a 700 tonne shortage.

This shortage arose as one individual member of the scheme did not provide the 700t of WEEE
it needed to fulfil its projected obligation.

Econo-Weee did try to rectify the situation and told the EA that, as a last resort, it would serve a notice on that member, terminating its membership at the end of the current compliance period to remove its 700t deficit. However, the EA rejected Econo-Weees proposal.

Kerr stated that this 700t shortfall represented 0.17 per cent of the total amount of WEEE collected across the UK last year and Econo-Weee considered it an insignificant amount.
Kerr said that Econo-Weee had lots of support from its members and some have expressed absolute outrage at the actions of the EA.

As a contingency measure Econo-Weee has reached an agreement with another scheme, so its members can be registered with the EA.

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