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Producers on track to sign up to WEEE regulations

Major companies are on schedule to deliver Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) obligations when the directive comes to effect on July 1, according to the Environment Agency.

With less than a month to go, early statistics show that the major producers, rebranders and importers of household electrical and electronic equipment such as televisions and toasters are registered with an approved compliance scheme way ahead of time.

Environment Agency head of waste Liz Parkes said: From July 1 separately collected waste electrical and electronic equipment must be treated and recycled, with the producers paying the cost.

Initial data we have received from registered producers who are obligated under the new WEEE regulations indicates the major companies are signed up.

But we are aware there are smaller businesses obligated under the WEEE regulations who still havent registered. Our advice to these businesses is to get into a scheme as soon as possible.

Unregistered producers will have committed an offence and if you leave it too late, you risk getting prosecuted.

With recycling being the hot topic of the moment, the aim of the regulation is to encourage more recycling and divert more used goods away from landfill.

The responsibility is placed in the laps of those who make profits from the goods in the first place.

The more electronics a producer puts on the market, the more WEEE it must ensure is dealt with safely.

Compliance schemes have been set up to help those companies affected by the WEEE regulations by collecting and recycling products on their behalf.

Parkes explained: The progress so far in implementing WEEE has been positive given the challenging timetable laid down by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Our overall priority for 2007 is to ensure those affected by the change in the law are aware of their responsibility under the new regulations.

As part of the continued effort to make unregistered producers aware of the regulations, the Environment Agency will be targeting companies it considers as potentially needing to join a compliance schemes through various advertisements and awareness campaigns.


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