Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) cash trading problems will not happen this year as producer compliance schemes (PCSs) seek to work closely together, claims PCS Electrolink.
Chief executive Barry Van Danzig told MRW that the recent revisions to the WEEE regulations by Government will ensure that trading evidence problems will not occur this year (see MRW story).
He said: The Government has intervened and said that under collectors of evidence must have a trading contract which will be enforced by May of this year. But if schemes wait until May to trade, the evidence price will be substantially higher than it would be if they contracted and traded now. The earlier we start cooperating on the contract between all the compliance schemes the better change we have of getting an agreed solution.
Electrolink are writing to all PCSs this week to invite them to join the firm in setting the terms and conditions of these contracts.
Last year, Electrolink was contracted to fund the collection and processing of WEEE by a number of local authorities and had a lot more collection sites than they needed so ended up with a surplus of evidence notes. Repic, on the other hand, did not have enough collection sites to provide the recycling required to meet its members obligations under the WEEE regulations. The regulations require compliance schemes to trade evidence with each other to balance their books (see MRW story).
Repic chief executive Phil Morton said: Repic is in dialogue with all PCSs and continues to trade with a number of them. Repic wrote to PCSs again last week as some schemes appear reluctant to trade their surpluses or move towards a model of balanced collection, which the latest consultation states will be required for all PCSs re-approval by mid 2009.
Repic is prepared to achieve balanced WEEE collections by accepting WEEE that it requires from designated collection facilities (DCFs), currently allied to other PCSs, which have too many sites.
It will do this while maintaining the existing collection infrastructure. It will also retain those that currently manage, collect, transport and treat WEEE when DCFs switch, or by reaching other mutually acceptable solutions, in line with the latest guidance and consultation.