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UK: Major changes to the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations

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    • Diversified industrials
    • Technology, Media and Telecoms

    22-10-2013

    Many in the diversified industrials and TMT sectors will have obligations under the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Regulations regarding the end of life treatment of the products they place on the market.

    Earlier this year the Government consulted on proposed changes to the WEEE system. Some changes are necessary to implement the recent WEEE Directive. The government also used the opportunity to consider wider changes designed to simplify the system generally.

    In October, the government issued its response indicating that a number of major changes are planned.

    • A de-minimis threshold for producers of 5 tonnes will be introduced.
    • Local Authority Designated Collection Facilities will have the option to elect to treat WEEE.
    • Producer Compliance Schemes will have a collection target based on historic data.
    • Introduction of a compliance fee. If a scheme fails to meet its collection target, it can pay a “compliance fee” to the government. There will be no evidence trading. If a scheme over-collects, it will carry that cost.

    What does this mean for you?

    • Smaller producers should review urgently whether they can benefit from the de minimis exemption. (They will need to register with the relevant environmental authority and provide data).
    • Large producers should discuss with their scheme the likely cost implications of the change.
    • Draft regulations are out for consultation. If you are affected you may wish to consider responding.

    Now is a good time to review your WEEE compliance more generally.

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