New forum for WEEE disposal businesses

A new forum composed of 80% of the UK’s WEEE Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) operators has been formed to give the industry a voice in discussions with enforcement agencies and the Government.

The primary purpose of the AATF forum is to provide Agencies and DEFRA with a single point of contact to discuss WEEE specific issues. This will ensure that the sector is properly represented in stakeholder discussions.

Some of the topics up for debate include collection targets, compliance fee charges, and supply chain responsibilities. It is hoped that by working together in a non-competitive forum, the AATFs will also be able to develop regulatory change and resolve technical issues.

The first meeting, held in October 2017, was well attended by representatives from all member companies, including our parent company Recycling Lives Ltd.—providing the Recycling Lives compliance team with an insight into the operations. On this occasion, a wide range of topics were raised, proving the need for such a focused group.

It is clear that the discussions held in this forum will shape the direction of our industry as we move into the future.

To ensure the continuing success of these meetings, it has recently been confirmed that this forum will be allowed to continue for a further 12 months.