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WEEE producers back deadline extension

Retailers and electrical goods producers have backed the Government's plans to delay implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive.

Repic - which represents 45 of the UK's leading electrical goods producers - backed the "common sense" delay of implementation of the directive until January 2006.

Chief executive Philip Morton said: "This is an important issue and impacts on every household in the UK.

"Repic and the producers we represent fully support the delay to WEEE implementation announced by the energy minister Mike O'Brien."

He added that premature implementation of the directive would have led to higher costs for consumers and put UK jobs at risk.

While Valpak's head of WEEE compliance Michael Sadler said: "The Department of Trade and Industry's announcement is to be welcomed as it gives industry greater clarity about some of the key issues prior to the implementation of WEEE legislation in the UK.

"The new schedule gives us an extension which will allow industry to plan more effectively."

But retailer the Dixons Group wants the new deadline extended. Its environment manager Vivien Williams said: "We remain concerned that January 2006 - one of the busiest periods of the year for electrical retailers - has been chosen as the new start date.

"We will continue to press Government to look at bringing in the change on the commencement date in April 2006."

The WEEE directive was originally due to be implemented in the UK in August this year.

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