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Shanks calls for PRN-style system for WEEE

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.

“Perhaps, the overriding one is why the DTI moved from a market-based approach as with packaging to an intervention-based approach with WEEE goods. By putting local authorities and the community sector at the forefront of the collection process, and with the DTI setting prices, one wonders how the cost of implementation will be controlled.

“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.”

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