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.
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:
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.
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