The Joint Trade Associations (JTA) is looking to manage the WEEE compliance fee scheme for a second year, although two rivals have submitted applications.
JTA was appointed by the business department to run the scheme this year, the first time it has been operated by an outside organisation, and the association says it helped to deliver an estimated £18m of savings from the UK WEEE system.
BIS has confirmed that Valpak also applied by the 30 September deadline, as did a consortium of Advantage Waste Brokers, Dataserv Group, DHL WEEE Compliance, Veolia WEEE Compliance, Wastepack / Electrolink, WeeeCare and WE3 Compliance.
JTA chair and technical manager at the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, Richard Hughes, said: “The proposal is largely based on the successful 2014 mechanism, but with a few further enhancements. Our proposal includes a reliable, tried and tested methodology built by a leading economic consultancy.
“Our submission incorporates an independent administrator, which is a top 10 accountancy firm with extensive relevant experience of the WEEE market. It provides the infrastructure, resources and processes to deliver the operational requirements for the 2015 compliance fee mechanism.”
JTA estimates that it represents around 90% of the WEEE producer obligation in the UK.
There were also three sets of applicants for the initial year: the JTA, the Environment Exchange and a similar grouping to the current group which includes Dataserv, in which Valpak was also as a member.