The European Recycling Platform (ERP) will manage recycling and disposal of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) in Hampshire in partnership with Hampshire County Council. Management of WEEE at Hampshires 26 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) was taken over by ERP on July 1 2007 when the WEEE Directive came into force. The public can now take all old electrical items and fluorescent tubes to any of Hampshires HWRCs for reprocessing and recycling. The agreement with ERP will run until the end of 2008. ERP is the only pan-European Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS), and has been operating in nine EU countries since 2005.It was jointly set up by Sony, Braun, Hewlett Packard and Electrolux in response to the WEEE Directive, and has almost 50 producer members in the UK representing around 13% of the market. ERP was chosen by the council for its proven track record in providing a quality service, and its flexibility to work with the councils existing contractors, to ensure a seamless transition with no adverse effect on the service to the public. A spokesman for the council said the transition went very smoothly. Council executive member for environment Mel Kendal said: The council is committed to providing a good service at all its HWRCs, and giving householders local facilities where they can recycle their bulky household and garden waste. The partnership with ERP allows us to ensure WEEE is disposed of in accordance with the Directive, and we are looking forward to developing a good working relationship with producers through this initiative. ERP UK general manager Scott Butler said: We are excited by this partnership with Hampshire County Council which we recognise as being a leading UK local authority on environmental issues.