From 1st January 2014, the UK WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) regulations will be changing. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has recently released guidance for producers, retailers, waste management firms, producer compliance schemes and WEEE recyclers on how these changes will affect them.
The WEEE Regulations set out the responsibilities and obligations of producers and retailers of electronic items regarding their disposal. As tracking of individual units would be impossible, they are instead required to finance the disposal of an equivalent tonnage of similar WEEE products to that which they have produced. In order to do this, producers must register with a WEEE compliance scheme, who will issue the evidence of disposal of their behalf.
According to the BIS guidance, the method by which this obligation will be calculated is set to change. However, the methodology used to set the compliance fee- which schemes will be liable to pay if they miss their individual collection targets- has yet to be finalised.
Recycling Lives is a major WEEE recycler, with specialised departments for some types of WEEE including CRTs, FPDs and IT equipment. We achieve an average recycling rate of 99% across our sites, and work with a number of specialised WEEE compliance schemes such as Advantage Waste Brokers.
If you produce or sell electronic items, you will be required to register with a producer compliance scheme by law. Recycling Lives will deliver a personalised solution to meet your needs.