With the pending implementation of the new WEEE regulations, one of the big changes for producers coming in for 2014 is the new five tonne threshold.
Having been a WEEE scheme since the conception of the regulations, ecosurety welcomes this new threshold as it will remove the administrative burden on small businesses currently obligated by the regulations, whilst not adversely affecting the UK's ability to achieve future WEEE recycling targets. B2C producers placing less than five tonnes of EEE no longer need to finance the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE. However, small B2B producers still need to ensure that they fulfil the collection and treatment of their obligated WEEE when required, which can be achieved through a Producer Compliance Scheme.
All WEEE Small Producers are still required to do the following on an annual basis:
Declare the weight of EEE placed on the market
Report in the relevant WEEE category
Report under B2C, B2B or both
Ensure data is as "accurate as reasonably possible"
If you exceed or intend to exceed the 5 tonne threshold, you are required to register with a Producer Compliance Scheme within 28 days.
To ensure continuity of service, we are offering the service for ecosurety to manage the reporting and submission process for companies falling under the five tonne threshold. Reporting through ecosurety ensures that your registration is processed correctly, data is accurate and submission is on time. Likewise, we will be able to smoothly switch your registration to a Large Producer should you exceed the new threshold. It also allows you to receive relevant regulatory updates that could affect your business in future years, and will let you to continue to use our online reporting systems.
We currently offer this same service for companies under the 1 tonne threshold for batteries as the online process can be very time consuming for businesses trying to do its directly themselves. The platform for WEEE is likely to be much the same and thus this first-hand experience will ensure your compliance remains in safe hands.
If you want to find out more about the changes under the WEEE regulations, feel free to contact us on 0845 094 2228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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