2015 WEEE collection target increased

BIS has announced that the 2015 collection targets for waste electrical and electronic equipment has increased by 16,000 tonnes compared to 2014.

Producer Compliance Schemes have been advised that the 2015 WEEE collection target for the UK has been set at 506,878 tonnes. This overall target is more than 22,200 tonnes above the collection levels required to achieve the EU Member State target for 2015.

In the first year since the revised regulations for WEEE collections in 2014, business minister Matthew Hancock also confirmed that the UK exceeded its 2014 collection target of 490,000 tonnes by more than 1,000 tonnes.

The revised WEEE regulations allocate individual WEEE collection targets to schemes in advance, with the option of paying a compliance fee to make up a shortfall. The purpose of this revision is to prevent evidence trading between schemes at inflated prices, replacing the previous system where each scheme was required to collect and pay for 100% of the total business-to-consumer WEEE arising in the UK.

What does this mean for producers?

ecosurety continues to actively monitor and prepare for future increases of the WEEE collection targets and is committed to meet the obligations of our members through strong supplier networks.

Mark Sayers, Principal Consultant at ecosurety commented “The proposed targets are as expected. We’ve been working with BIS and our other WEEE stakeholder groups, and this small increase in UK recycling target is quite reasonable. Since the change in legislation we have made some significant steps to increase our collection capacity alongside our battery recycling systems.”

“The removal of the 100% market share model makes WEEE compliance better for our members, so we have seen a decrease in costs despite more and more WEEE being classed as hazardous which is normally more expensive to manage. In this second year, we anticipate the new WEEE system will settle down and for our scheme, recycling partners, and members, just before the impact of Dual-Use affects the market in 2016.“

If you have any queries about this story please do not hesitate to contact our experts on 0845 094 2228 or email weee@ecosurety.com.

About ecosurety

ecosurety was set up in 2003 (originally as Budget Pack) and specialises in sustainable business practice, driving efficiencies at every level for its 1,000-plus UK member companies.

Its market-leading integrated services span sustainable strategy, waste, compliance and intelligent reporting. In 2014 the company received the Institute of Directors' Corporate Responsibility Award for the South West.

By shaping and supporting best practice in waste and recycling ecosurety is driving greater efficiency in the resource cycle and reducing demand for raw materials. By 2020 ecosurety is targeting influence over 1 million tonnes of waste.

James Champ

Technical manager

James joined the compliance team in August 2012 and now holds the role of technical manager. He is responsible for managing all regulator requirements across packaging, WEEE and batteries compliance regulations, and for overseeing our WEEE and batteries collections. In particular, James takes an active interest in quality improvement both for clients' data methodologies and internally to improve business efficiency.

Written by James Champ Published 09/04/2015 Topics Compliance

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