Alignment of producer responsibility
16 August 2012
Deriving from the EU Directives, the UK’s four producer responsibility regimes, waste packaging, batteries, WEEE and end of life vehicles (ELV’s) are designed to ensure that producers bear the costs of collecting and recycling a proportion of the products they place on the market.
Despite their similarities there are significant differences between the schemes and in line with the Governments ‘Red Tape Challenge’ these schemes are being reviewed. A list of measures which merit further consideration across all the schemes has been published. Possible changes include:
- The use of common terminology across all schemes.
- The introduction of de minimise positions across packaging, WEEE and batteries regimes which would remove similar sized small businesses from regulation.
- Group registration to be introduced across the regimes.
- A common process for recovering fees.
- A single approval process for AATF’s across the regimes.
Further amendments are being considered across the individual schemes and the consultation is due to take place in early 2013.