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JTA submits new WEEE compliance fee proposal

October 1, 2015

WEEE_logoThe group of electrical associations has asked to operate the WEEE compliance fee again for 2016.

The JTA (Joint Trade Associations) submitted its first proposal in September last year, and the mechanism, detailed by the JTA in October last year, incorporates a calculation methodology developed by economic consultancy group FTI, recommending that the administrator of the compliance fee mechanism should be Mazars LLP – “a UK top ten accountancy firm”.

Its latest announcement has seen it submit a proposal to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) “to operate a WEEE compliance fee mechanism” for the 2015 compliance period, having been chosen in February and being “successful in providing a professionally-managed method for WEEE schemes to meet their collection targets”. The JTA’s mechanism also allowed for £375,000 ($567,810/€509,201) to be raised for local authority WEEE projects.

Richard Hughes, Chairman of the JTA and Technical Manager at the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, commented: “The compliance fee is a vital element of the UK’s WEEE system. It ensures that where a PCS has not fully met its target through collections during the compliance period, it has a legitimate alternative route to compliance. This has helped to deliver an estimated £18 million ($27 million/€24 million) of savings from the UK WEEE system, supporting the Government’s agenda to cut business red tape.

“We are delighted to submit a compliance fee proposal for 2015. The JTA has a successful track record of operating the compliance fee, and managing the fees received. The new JTA proposal is largely based on the successful 2014 mechanism, but with a few further enhancements. Our proposal includes a reliable, tried and tested methodology built by a leading economic consultancy. It is also supported by further independent economic analysis to validate the approach.

“Our submission incorporates an independent administrator which is a UK top 10 accountancy firm with extensive relevant experience of the UK WEEE market. It provides the infrastructure, resources and processes to deliver the operational requirements for the 2015 compliance fee mechanism.”

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