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Defra consults on WEEE compliance fee

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Defra is consulting on whether there should be a waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) compliance fee set for 2016.

The department is also asking for views on two proposals it has received, from Valpak and Joint Trade Associations (JTA), for how the fee should be managed.

The UK WEEE Regulations 2013 require producers of WEEE to finance the cost of its collection, treatment, recovery and recycling arising from private households.

Annual collection targets are imposed on Producer Compliance Schemes (PCSs) as part of this. Since 2015, responsibility for the scheme has moved from dissolved department Bis to Defra.

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom now has discretionary powers to approve a compliance fee methodology as an alternative form of compliance payable by PCSs that fail to achieve their collection target.

In its proposal, Valpak has suggested that accountancy firm Grant Thornton should be selected as administrator of the compliance fee. The JTA said fellow accountancy firm Mazars should be selected, if Defra chose its proposal.

This consultation closes on 25 November.

Any compliance fee methodology and compliance fee scheme operator approved by Leadsom will be announced by February 2017.

Defra says this will allow sufficient time for PCSs to pay a compliance fee and include evidence of payment with their declaration of compliance by the end of March deadline.

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