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WEEE Advisory Body calls for views on IPR

The WEEE Advisory Body is urging all interested WEEE stakeholders to participate in a consultation for a planned report on Individual Producer Responsibility.

IPR gives producers the responsibility for their own items and may help to provide an economic incentive to adapt the design of their products to the prerequisites of sound waste management.

The aim of the consultation is to provide the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with an overview of opinion within the industry about this issue. The report will set out how IPR might be practically and realistically implemented in the UK.

WAB chairman Peter Calliafas said that the body will keep an open mind to seek a range of views from WEEE stakeholders and will not pre judge or draw any conclusions about IPR at this stage. The WAB will also assess systems that have already been implemented in the UK, Asia Pacific Rim and Europe.

To determine best practise an e-mail has been sent to a range of stakeholders to invite them to take part in the consultation.

WEEE producer compliance scheme ERP general manager Scott Butler said: In the existing WEEE system a producer pays for the costs of recycling products that may or may not include their own. IPR is a way in which producers who invest in robustness and recyclability at the design stage are rewarded at the end of the products life by getting back something they produced in the first place. Changing a system may be difficult, but if the costs add up and it makes polluters more directly responsible for their pollution, then the change is worth it.

The report is expected to be completed by June 2011.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 1 April 2010.

Further details can be found on the WAB website:
http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/sectors/sustainability/weee/wab/page43670.html

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