The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) has warned Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) producer compliance schemes to make sure they provide WEEE evidence notes to meet their obligations by June 16 or face prosecution.
Under the WEEE Regulations manufacturers have to pay for the recycling of WEEE that is deposited at a local authority civic amenity site that has registered as a designated collection facility. Producer compliance schemes that work on behalf of the manufacturers need to collect WEEE evidence notes in order to show that they have met their obligations.
The warning is an attempt by BERR to ensure that each scheme has sufficient evidence to meet their obligations.
BERR said that the environment agencies are prepared to take vigorous enforcement action against any scheme which fails to meet the obligations of their members. It added: We expect all compliance schemes fully to discharge these obligations. As final collection obligations exactly equal the amount of evidence available in the settlement centre, the Secretary of State has no plans to buy any surplus evidence.