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FOI reveals how BIS judged WEEE compliance proposals

A freedom of information (FoI) request has revealed how the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) assessed the three proposed systems for WEEE compliance fees.

The submissions came from the Joint Trade Association (JTA), The Environment Exchange (t2e) and producer compliance schemes (PCSs) operated by Dataserv, DHL, Transform, Valpak and Veolia.

BIS considered the methodologies for the calculation and administration of the fee, the dispersal of the funds and the timetable for implementation and operation.

The documents revealed under FoI show that officials took into account the experience of the proposers and their IT systems, with each of the three given a final score out of 60.

JTA’s proposal was selected with an overall tally of 42, whereas the compliance schemes got a rating of 34 and t2e marked at 19.

BIS changed the system to try to discourage PCSs from collecting WEEE significantly above their targets and then seeking to sell that surplus at excessive prices to others who were short of their obligations.

Following the introduction of the fee, PCSs must either hit their WEEE collection target or pay the fee by the end of year if they fail to meet their annual obligations.

The exact scoring and comments for the given schemes can be found here.

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