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Feature: DEFRA's Legislation Zone at RWM05

Confused about the Landfill Trading Allowance Scheme? Unsure exactly how the Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive will affect you?

To get some straight answers, come to the Legislation Zone at the Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition (RWM05) at the NEC, Birmingham from September 13-15.

Sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Legislation Zone, located at Stand 324, has been introduced to provide visitors with specific answers to legislative issues in a relaxed and informal environment.

All RWM05 visitors are welcome to drop in to discuss their legislative queries with representatives from DEFRA, the Environment Agency and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Short presentations on specific areas of legislation will also take place on the stand throughout the three-day exhibition. These will include:

  • WEEE Directive
  • New Technologies
  • Local Authority Support

John Burns, Programme Director of DEFRA's Waste Implementation Programme said:
"As the Government continues with its drive to reduce the UK's reliance on landfill by moving to more sustainable waste management practices, it is vital that everyone is clear on what the changes mean to them and what they need to do to comply with new and emerging legislation.

"With representatives from key Government departments and agencies, the Legislation Zone is a good place to visit to get clear advice and guidance on today's hot issues in waste."



Waste Strategy Review
Environmental Permitting Programme
Efficiency Savings and Gershon Review

Landfill (tbc)
Waste Management Licensing and Exemptions (tbc)


Local Authority Support
Alternative Technologies
Hazardous Waste

Local Authority performance including Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme

Spatial and Strategic Planning
Householder Incentives
BREW - Business Resource Efficiency & Waste Programme



Agricultural Waste (tbc)

More about WEEE

The Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which aims to increase the collection, recovery and recycling of electro-scrap, should have been transposed into UK law by August 13 2004. But the Government's final consultation on the law did not close until October 29 2004 and implementation has now been delayed until June 2006.

The Directive will make producers responsible for recycling their electro-scrap and retailers will be required to offer consumers free take back of WEEE. Visitors to RWM05 will be able to access the very latest information and resources, where WEEE will be a key topic of discussion. Advice will be available in DEFRA's Legislation Zone (stand 324) and a session has been devoted to the subject on the opening day of RWM05's seminar programme.

Aside from the seminar programme, the exhibition floor will provide visitors with innovative solutions and advice on recycling WEEE waste. Recyclers of Cathode Ray Tubes are among the growing number of new exhibitors in this growing sector

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