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REPIC welcomes DTI proposals but wants latest consultation to be more representative of industry

Not-for-profit recycling body REPIC welcomed the publication of the Department of Trade and Industrys (DTI) key proposals to be introduced under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive - but it urged the Government to ensure its latest round of consultation was more representative of the industry.

Chief executive Dr Philip Morton said: There have been several steps in the right direction but more are needed. We are encouraged to see that the Government has listened more carefully to stakeholders real concerns, especially regarding free and unfettered access to physical WEEE. But we believe that the WEEE Advisory Group remains incomplete in its representation of the industry by excluding major schemes such as REPIC.

REPIC welcomed the safeguards to prevent exploitation by deliberate over-processing, the need for all household WEEE to pass through a Designated Collection Facility (DCF), basing producers obligations on the ten categories of WEEE, and placing the onus on producers to maximise the reuse of waste equipment.

Also welcomed was the Governments acknowledgement of the importance of historic WEEE, via its specific consultation document question.

But Morton added that some of the Governments actions do continue to puzzle us. He warned that the proposed two-stage method for the provision of evidence of compliance needed further thought, and although the timeline for implementation appeared to be a year there is actually very little time to put the key structural elements such as the DCF network, and producer registration and allocation in place.



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