Waste management firm Shanks have questioned why the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has not followed the good example of packaging recycling when it came to proposals for dealing with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
This follows, last week, the announcement by the DTI of its conclusions from its review of implementation of the WEEE directive.
Shanks director — materials management Paul Dumpleton said: “Although the DTI can be applauded for at last providing a way forward for the implementation of the WEEE directive, the recent announcement seems to ask more questions than it answers.
“Like it or not, the market-based approach to packaging has produced the lowest cost of compliance in Europe, yet we seem keen to come away from that system. By largely excluding the retail sector, the DTI has taken a very brave stance in underpinning compliance in this sector.”