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EEE companies need to sign up to scheme

In what seems like a multitude of warnings to businesses this month, the Environment Agency, wants to ensure that companies that import, rebrand or produce Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE)are signed up with an approved producer compliance scheme. Environment Agency head of waste Liz Parkes said: Around 3,900 producers have signed up for the first compliance period which runs to the end of this year and they will need to renew their registration for next year with any of the compliance schemes available. However, we know that there are still some companies out there that need to register for the current year. Our message is simple join an approved compliance scheme now. Leave it too late and our risk enforcement action from us. WEEE legislation has been in force in the UK from July 1 2007 and it aims to encourage more recycling, recovery and re-use. Anyone who imports, brands, or manufactures EEE is a producer and has to be registered through an approved WEEE compliance scheme. These schemes have been set up to help those companies affected by regulations by collecting and recycling products on their behalf. Parkes added: As we move towards the end of the first compliance period we are still working to help make sure businesses are complying with the new rules. However, if we find a business has flouted the rules and deliberately avoided registering, we will take enforcement action. These regulations are about protecting our environment and it is important that everyone plays their part. For more information please see www.environment-agency.gov.uk/weee

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