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ERP tops B2B WEEE league in UK

The European Recycling Platform (ERP) is the largest Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) compliance scheme in the UKs business-to-business sector (B2B), according to figures released by the Environment Agency. The schemes members account for 15.2% of the UKs total B2B WEEE, which is the highest share of the market than any other compliance scheme operating in Britain. In 2002, the ERP was established as the first ever pan European take-back scheme to implement the European Unions WEEE directive, which came into force on July 1 2007. It has over 800 members and operates in eight European countries. ERP general manager Scott Butler said: As a compliance scheme owned by our members, our aim is to continually drive costs down and standards up. A certain degree of size is useful, because it brings us economies of scale but were as much concerned with offering total service value as we are the lowest possible cost. Data from the Environment Agency estimates that the UK produces 380,000 tonnes of B2B WEEE each year. This is in addition to the estimated 1.4 million tonnes of consumer WEEE produced annually in the UK. Under the WEEE directive, the manufacturers and importers of electrical goods must pay for the collection and recycling of these goods at the end of their use, with these obligations being assessed on the basis of the weight of goods that they release to the market each year.

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