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Viridor teams up with compliance scheme

Viridor Waste Management (VWM) has teamed up with a producer compliance scheme (PCS) to provide what it believes is a common sense solution to new legislation.

It believes its link-up with Electrolink is an example of how waste management companies can help local authorities and obligated companies segregate and recycle Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) from the domestic and business waste streams.

While regulations have posed some difficulty and confusion to affected parties, VWM last year identified that the proposed allocation system was not a workable way forward for either the local councils or Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) operators.

But it believes if council contractors maintain full responsibility for managing the WEEE material, they can enable each sector involved in the chain to focus on its core competence and area of expertise.

VWMs investigations have shown that a number of  PCSs have seriously underestimated the operating and licensing constraints in running a designated collection facility and therefore the cost for their obligated members.

It conducted a WEEE material stream analysis alongside partner West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and found that obligated companies could benefit from high standards and reduced costs in the long term if VWM continued to manage collection and reprocessing.

WSCC head of waste management Phillip Russell said: The recent improvements and planned modifications to our network of HWRSs and transfer stations means the authority is very well placed to work with VWM and Electrolink to establish an excellent compliance system.

Electrolink is the first compliance scheme to deliver the certainty of compliance to its members at a fixed price for 2007 and 2008 and the West Sussex template could go nationwide.

VWM recycling manager Bill Griffiths said: From many discussions we had with schemes, we chose to work with Electrolink as it had the most dynamic ideas and the financial backing to ensure a long-term and best value solution for our customers.

This solution provides a clear way forward and we shall be taking the proposal to other local authorities and offering this smart solution to meet their particular requirements.



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