Collaborative Solution for WEEE Regulations
The key initiative to come out of the Government’s consultation on the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Regulations is the introduction of a compulsory requirement for producer compliance schemes (PCSs) to join a ‘balancing scheme’, under which the costs of collecting materials when requested by local authorities are shared among all PCSs.
Defra said this will ensure that collection services are provided to local authorities where they have no collection contract with a PCS.
The government received 92 responses to the question of making a Producer Balancing Scheme (PBS) mandatory, with 70 respondents (76%) supportive of such a move. Six of eight local authorities who responded were in favour of a mandatory PBS.
The proposal to reduce the current 14 WEEE categories to six was rejected but new flexibility to allocate products previously out of scope to one of them will be introduced.
Fees will in future be payable to the regulator in the country where the producers concerned are based, regardless of where the PCS itself is located.
A consultation for the mandatory scheme will be prepared by Defra, which is due to be released towards the end of 2018.