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National centre for allocation of WEEE called for by REPIC

An independent national centre for the allocation of Waste Electrical and Electronic equipment (WEEE) and a stricter code of practice to ensure producers fulfil their obligations are two proposals put forward to the Government by the Recycling Electrical Producers’ Industry Consortium (REPIC) .

The not-for-profit producer compliance scheme wants the Government to support the concept of a national allocation function as the only workable solution for the collection of WEEE and is working with nine other prospective compliance schemes to research the concept and provide feedback to Government.

It says the initiative will allow allocation and balancing to continue throughout the year and minimise the need for an exchange system. REPIC says that the option of allowing schemes to over-collect in the first year would be unworkable as no-one knows exactly how much WEEE there will be.

It recommends the introduction of controls to protect schemes that might inadvertently collect more than their obligation while at the same time preventing exploitation by those in a position to significantly over-collect WEEE relative to their producer obligations.

REPIC has urged the Government to set up a robust mechanism to police and punish unregistered ‘free riders’ and asked for greater clarity from the Government on the handling of WEEE through retailer take back.

Chief executive Dr Philip Morton said: “While some progress has been made, a number of issues of critical importance to the successful implementation of the WEEE legislation remain unresolved. We have submitted our evidence to the Government, based on the experience and concerns of our members, and will continue to play a constructive role in that process.”

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