WEEE Advisory Body (WAB) closed

HE advisory body for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) has been disbanded as part of government plans to save money.

The new Coalition Government has been reviewing the number of Non-Departmental Public Bodies and has last week announced the closure of a further four organisations, including the WEEE Advisory Body (WAB).

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has stressed the desire to move away from using quasi-independent bodies, in no way reflects on the priority of the work the WAB has been leading.

Recycling Lives is a key figure in the WEEE industry and prevents tonnes of waste electrical products going into landfill each year.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “We are absolutely committed to reducing the number and cost of quangos that we no longer need. I have already said that I want to reduce the number of these bodies by a third and we’ve achieved a lot in a short space of time. This is the latest phase of that work.

”By bringing these functions back into Government, we make their activities more accountable and can reduce the considerable administrative costs that they place on the taxpayer.”

These announcements brings the total number of BIS quangos to be abolished, merged or receive no further funding from the Department to 17. The next phase of streamlining, which is likely to account for the remainder of bodies identified for in-year reform, is expected to be announced in the Autumn.