Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) operators for WEEE in the UK have formed a representative body to provide a voice for the sector.
The AATF Forum follows an idea from Justin Greenaway, commercial manager of processors SWEEEP, who was concerned at the lack of representation. He has welcomed the support of fellow AATFs, Defra and other agencies.
“It has illustrated the need for our sector to work both together and with these government organisations in a more focused and co-ordinated way to deliver national improvement for the future,” said Greenaway.
“Our initial structure as an informal forum has enabled us to move quickly into an active position with a number of issues already being considered on a wider sectoral basis.”
The current members of the forum account for over 80% of WEEE recycling in the UK and are: AO, Eco Technology, Electrical Waste, EMR, Environcom, GAP Waste, Light Brothers, London Mining, Mercury Recycling, Recycling Lives, S Norton, Sims, SWEEEP, Veolia, Viridor and Wiser.
It is expected the forum will provide the agencies and Defra with a single point of contact on WEEE specific issues and ensure that the sector is properly represented in stakeholder discussions and negotiations.
A forum statement said issues such as collection targets, scope change, compliance fee charges and supply chain responsibilities “would depend on a robust treatment sector to provide cost effective facilities that deliver the highest environmental standards”.
Initially, the forum will work on an informal basis and will be independently administered and chaired.