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As a responsible and ethical compliance scheme, ecosurety has always had a strong voice when it comes to communicating our members’ interests to the regulators behind Producer Responsibility law.

The regulator can be the UK Environment Agency, DEFRA or BIS, depending on the regulation, and it can take time for proposed improvements to come to fruition. One significant improvement proposed by ecosurety back in 2013 has recently been accepted by the regulators - and it’s set to make a life easier for obligated producers.

Rolling authorisation form

In a nutshell, the annual Approved Signatory Form is now a thing of the past for both packaging and batteries producers. Instead, the Environment Agency will now accept a rolling authorisation form, which means compliance schemes will no longer be required to request one year after year. 

“We’re pleased that our lobbying efforts have brought about this result. We’ve known for a long time that the sign-off of information by a director or company secretary each year creates significant burdens for our members, so this new provision is very welcome.” client services manager Lizzie Elbourn commented. “We’re hoping that amendments will be made to the WEEE regulations soon to provide producers with better coherence across all of the producer responsibility regulations.”

Influencing change

In response to this announcement Andrew Norris, PHS Group Quality & Environmental Compliance Manager said “We welcome any change that reduces the administrative burden of the regulations. Every year when we go through the process, I’ve hoped that it could be simplified. We’re glad to hear that ecosurety have played a part in influencing this change.”

ecosurety is set to continue lobbying the regulators on behalf of our members with recommended changes that will positively impact members and improve on the spirit of the Producer Responsibility Directives.

If you would like to discuss how these changes impact you, please do not hesitate to contact our team of specialists.


Robbie Staniforth

Commercial manager

As commercial manager Robbie is responsible for ensuring that all Ecosurety members benefit from the best possible value for money and specialist expertise. Having previously worked as our relationship team manager it is fair to say that he fully understands our members interests and needs!


Written by
Robbie Staniforth
Published
05/02/2016
Topics
Packaging, Batteries, Compliance

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