Last week the EA published a list of the first batch of schemes that had received approval. These included: B2B Compliance, B2BWEEE Scheme, DHL WEEE Compliance, Valpak and WEEE Care. While more schemes have received approval since then, an EA spokeswoman told MRW the list would probably be updated when there was a further group of approved schemes, rather than each time individual schemes received approval.
Approved schemes so far have reacted with delight. REPIC chief executive Philip Morton said: We are overjoyed to have received the approval on our scheme from the EA. The agency remained true to its word and processed the schemes in the order in which they were received. The handling of the whole situation has been very smooth.
All the schemes are now vying to sign up WEEE producer members before the compliance scheme registration deadline of March 15.
WEEE compliance schemes are obligated to submit data to the EA on behalf of their clients and provide logistical solutions to meet the collection and recycling obligations of the WEEE directive.