The WEEE Schemes Forum - a group of WEEE producer compliance scheme operators - is to be formalised so it can run takeback or matching schemes if the Government chooses to go ahead with them.
The forum comprises the operators of 26 of 38 WEEE producer compliance schemes.
The Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is consulting on changes to the recast WEEE regulations, and has proposed four options for the UK household collection system.
Two of these are for takeback or matching systems, and formalising the forum would allow it to offer itself as an operator.
Forum chair Nigel Harvey told MRW that adopting a constitution and status as a legal entity would enable the forum “to operate one of these options if that is what the Government chooses”.
He said he was unaware of any other organisation that had expressed interest in taking on either role.
“We’ve decided to adopt the constitution and become a legal entity and those steps can be taken quite quickly,” he said.
The consultation closes on 21 June and the Government is due to respond within eight weeks.
Other options tabled by the BIS are for no change to the present arrangements or for a national compliance scheme.