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WEEE reg guidance notes and Code of Practice out

Government guidance notes for the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations have now been published as well as the Code of Practice for the collection of WEEE from designated collection facilities (DCFs).

The guidance notes, which have no legal authority, cover the obligations that the WEEE regulations place on producers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment and the roles and implications for those including local authorities, the waste management industry, the charitable and voluntary sector, users and consumers and others.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) the notes are not a definitive guide and will be updated as necessary in the light of comments received and as the UK WEEE system develops over time.

To help this process, the DTI will be establishing an independent WEEE advisory body, whose remit will include making recommendations for improvements to the guidance notes.

The reuse sector was particularly happy with the Governments decision to include WEEE sent for reuse as whole appliances to be included in the evidence producers need to discharge their obligations under the UK WEEE system.

Furniture Reuse Network chief executive Paul Smith called the move a triumph for joined up thinking, linking environmental, economic and social policy.

FRN spokesman Craig Anderson added: With the advent of being able to count reuse within the evidence system, plus the requirement of only approved reuse being accepted, we will now have a level playing field for premiership reuse operators.

The guidance notes and Code of Practice can be found at: www.dti.gov.uk/innovation/sustainability/weee/page30269.html

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