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UK WEEE compliance fee proposal submitted

October 1, 2014

ewasteJoint Trade Association (JTA) submits proposal to Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to operate WEEE compliance fee mechanism.

The JTA, a group of nine trade associations in the electrotechnical sector, announced that it has submitted a “comprehensive” proposal to the BIS for a WEEE compliance fee mechanism for the 2014 compliance period, after the BIS invited interested parties to submit proposals in accordance with the 2013 WEEE regulations.

The compliance fee acts as an alternative way of complying should a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) not obtain sufficient evidence to meet its producers’ recycling obligations; with the BIS holding a public consultation after which it may approve a methodology for the calculation of a compliance fee and the appointment of a third party to oversee the administration of that fee.

JTA stated that its proposal consists of a “clear and simple to operate” fee calculation methodology, based on “rigorous analysis” from a leading economics consultancy group in the UK. It also includes the appointment of a top 10 UK accountancy firm to be the independent system administrator; responsible for the receipt and distribution of funds and the handling of all confidential information, as well as a “streamlined and uncomplicated” process for Local Authorities to apply for funds, based on the requests and suggestions they have made to the JTA.

Richard Hughes, Chairman of the JTA and Technical Manager at the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, said: “The compliance fee is an important element of the new WEEE system.  It acts as a safety valve, ensuring that where a PCS has not fully met its target through collections during the compliance period, it has a legitimate alternative route to compliance.

“The methodology proposed by the JTA increases the compliance fee the further a PCS is from its target.  This is designed to ensure collection of WEEE is encouraged as the main route to compliance and creates a fair, balanced market.”

Meanwhile Simon Eves, Deputy Chairman of the JTA, Chairman of the Environment Strategy Council at techUK and Head of Environmental Affairs at Panasonic UK, commented: “The government published clear guidance and evaluation criteria for organisations wishing to submit compliance fee proposals. JTA members have worked hard to deliver a clear, effective and complete system proposal which closely matches with those criteria.  We look forward to it being published, along with any other submissions made, when BIS launches its public consultation on this subject later this year”.

The government has indicated that the latest a final decision would be announced by the BIS is mid-February 2015.

The Recycler reported last year on the government’s decision to propose changes to the UK’s WEEE legislation, with JTA supporting the changes following a public consultation, which found that the majority of respondents favoured changes to the WEEE system.

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