The Joint Trade Associations’ (JTA) method for setting the 2018 compliance fee for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has been chosen by Defra over a rival proposal from Valpak.
Defra may impose a compliance fee methodology for schemes that fail to achieve their collection target, based on a method decided by ministers at the beginning of each year.
Under the JTA proposal, fees will be stream-specific. It said this would ensure that compliance scheme costs were “reflective of the cost to collect WEEE” by using the weighted average net cost per tonne of direct WEEE collections from local authorities.
A premium would reflect the extent to which schemes have collected WEEE from local authorities rather than “relying on lower-cost evidence from other sources”.
The JTA comprises nine trade associations, including the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, Lighting Industry Association and TechUK.
It consulted compliance schemes ERP, Recolight and Repic when drafting the proposal.
Susanne Baker, JTA chair and head of environment and compliance at techUK, said: “The compliance fee has an important role to play in the UK WEEE system. We believe the improvements we have made to the 2018 methodology continue to uphold the principle that producer compliance schemes always see collection as the preferred route to compliance, with the fee being available as a less attractive, but necessary, safety valve.
“Importantly, today’s decision also provides consistency in the spending of the 2017 fund, and will help to ensure we can continue to build on the substantial work already underway – work aimed at driving future collections and supporting environmentally sound treatment and recovery.”