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WEEE figures still point at shortfall for large domestic appliances

The latest figures on WEEE collection indicate large domestic appliances (LDA) will struggle to reach their target for 2014 and producer compliance schemes (PCSs) may need to use compliance fees to meet their obligations.

Between July and September, 132,000 tonnes of all types of WEEE was collected, bringing the total for the first nine months of the year to over 373,000 tonnes, in line with a target of 490,000 tonnes for 2014.

Most WEEE categories, such as displays and cooling appliances, are on track to meet their targets and will require less collection in the fourth quarter than in the previous ones.

But the figures indicate there is still a shortfall in the collection of LDA, according to Phil Conran, director at consultancy 360 Environmental.

Some 122,000 tonnes of such appliances were collected in the first nine months of the year with a target of 176,018 for 2014.

This suggests some PCSs will need to pay compliance fees, settlements introduced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) this year for those not able to meet their collection targets.

BIS said compliance fees are intended to discourage PCSs from collecting WEEE significantly above their obligations and then seeking to profit on that surplus by selling to other PCSs.

The level of the fees is going to be set in February after the compliance period has ended.

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