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Mobile phone importer prosecuted for breach of WEEE

A mobile phone importer has been fined a total of £17,640 for failure to register with a compliance scheme between 2007 and 2012, in breach of the WEEE Regulations.

The company, Data Select Ltd, had incorrectly declared when approached by the Environment Agency, that they did not import, manufacture or rebrand electrical or electronic equipment (EEE). On further investigation, including a site visit, the Environment Agency found that Data Select were an importer of EEE and as such a Producer under the Regulations.

It is interesting to see that there are still companies operating in the UK that either are unaware of the WEEE regulations or do not understand the full implications the regulations may have on their business. With WEEE in a state of flux at the moment, with the introduction of the WEEE Recast at the beginning of the year, it is important for all WEEE producers to review their responsibilities under this legislation.

ecosurety offers WEEE internal audit support which is aimed at producers wanting to review their compliance with the WEEE Regulations; including (but not limited to) scoping, data methodology review and training for key staff involved in compliance.

To find out more about this support, please contact the WEEE team on WEEE@ecosurety.com or 0845 094 2228.


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 03/07/2014 Topics Compliance

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