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More WEEE reaction

Supply chain company Wincanton has welcomed the WEEE announcement but wants a clear timetable for implementation.

The firm recently opened a state-of-the-art WEEE reprocessing centre near Middlesbrough in February.

Wincantion Industrial managing director Gordon Scott said: “Wincanton welcomes this long-awaited paper, although we are disappointed that the DTI still cannot commit to a timetable for WEEE implementation, despite having been under review for almost four months.

“More detail is urgently required, especially regarding the proposal for DCF allocation to producer compliance schemes, in order that the industry can fully understand its implications.”

Meanwhile compliance scheme Wastepak director Peter Gaffney said: “This is very much what was expected and there were no real surprises in its outcomes.

“There is an idea of a visible fee and the likelihood of this happening would be dictated by the large players in the market, even if smaller companies were interested in it and the large players were not.

“It is also interesting that so far only one scheme has come forward for retailers. This is a strange comment in the document as there is no registration for retail schemes as yet.”

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