The scoring system by which the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) opted for the WEEE compliance fee arrangements put forward by the Joint Trade Association (JTA) shows it was comfortably ahead of its two rivals.
The three groups that submitted proposals were told on 1 February that the JTA had been successful. They were sent feedback on 12 February and that guidance has now been published.
The JTA represents the bulk of UK companies obligated under WEEE producer obligation through their trade associations such as AMDEA and EEF. The other bids were the 7 Scheme, which includes Veolia, and Valpak.
BIS based the decision on six weighted criteria:
- methodology for the calculation of the fee
- administration of the fee
- methodology for the dispersal of funds
- timetable for implementation and operation
- experience of proposer and proposed operator
- IT systems
A total of 72 points was possible. The JTA scored 60, Valpak was awarded 42 and 7 Scheme got 24 – although the feedback letter said it had received only 22 points.