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From 1 January 2016 the new UK interpretation of printer cartridges under the WEEE regulations fell into line with the European interpretation.

This means that printer cartridges are now in scope. Any company who imported, manufactured or rebranded these products is now required to register and report these to a scheme on a quarterly basis.

Increased recycling of printer cartridges

This announcement came from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) following industry consultation that we participated in last year, looking at how collection systems can be developed to encourage the increased recycling of printer cartridges. In a letter from the WEEE team at BIS, the government department said:

  • Producers who will be placing printer cartridges on the UK market during the 2016 compliance period will need to register as an EEE producer.
  • Producers will need to report on a quarterly basis during 2016 the tonnages of printer cartridges placed on the UK market.
  • Data collected during 2016 will feed into determining the targets for 2017 and as such the financial obligations for the collection, treatment and recovery of printer cartridges will arise for producers during the 2017 compliance period.

Q1 2016 WEEE returns

At this time when companies are calculating their Q1 2016 returns, these products should now be considered as part of the data returns to the scheme. As printer cartridges are part of printers, then it is likely these should fall under Category 3 IT & Telecoms equipment.

If you require any further information, or think you would benefit from internal scoping advice from our technical specialists, please contact our team on 0845 094 2228 or email WEEE@ecosurety.com


Mark Sayers

Principal consultant

Mark manages the technical and regulatory development at Ecosurety, working closely with numerous policy makers, stakeholders and government departments. His valued contributions and experience have been well refined over the last decade of working within environmental compliance.


Written by
Mark Sayers
Published
07/04/2016
Topics
WEEE, Compliance

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