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Repic writes letter to councils experiencing WEEE problems

Repic, the producer compliance scheme, has written a letter to all local authorities offering its help to councils who are experiencing difficulties with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)  arrangements.

The letter claims that some councils may stop or suspend their WEEE collections and Repic believes suspending WEEE collections will be contrary to the interests of all stakeholders and to the smooth working of the WEEE Regulations in the UK.

Speaking to MRW chief executive Phillip Morton said: Repic will offer solutions to those councils having difficulties because we realise that a number of them are finding things difficult at the moment.

Repic is not seeking to disturb any existing contracts, merely offering to provide an operational solution, which it is already providing for some local authorities to minimise any disruption at designated collection facility sites.

The regulations require producer compliance schemes to collect an amount of WEEE equivalent to their member needs. If we collect more WEEE than we need we will make this freely available to other schemes.

The letter comes at a time when producer compliance scheme Electrolink has recently accused Repic of not buying evidence notes at prices which cover its legitimate costs.

In response to Mortons comments Electrolink chief executive Barry Van Danzig said: The problem is caused by Repics breach of regulations and unlawfully withholding the funds to finance the recycling of WEEE.

The solutions offered in Repics letter are impractical and have already been rejected by many local councils, the real solution is for Repic to agree a price for evidence notes and release the money they are withholding from the scheme.

Morton has refused to comment on the Electrolink WEEE dispute, but both parties are in discussion to resolve the situation.

Image: Repic chief executive Phillip Morton

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