The formal approval of amendments to the UK WEEE System under the WEEE Recast Directive 2012/19/EU has been announced by parliament.
The amended Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 were laid before parliament on the 11th of December by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) who lead the consultation to develop the UK’s implementation of the Recast Directive and were approved to enter law from the 1st of January 2014. Continue reading
Posted in Legislation, WEEE
Tagged 2012/19/EU, compliance scheme, Comply Direct, de-minimis, de-minimis threshold, WEEE, WEEE Compliance, weee compliance scheme, WEEE recast, WEEE recast directiver, WEEE Regulations, WEEE regulations 2013
In an email to stakeholders Defra’s Producer Responsibility Team Leader, Sarah Steeds, has announced that the anticipated consultation into amending the targets for Glass packaging recycling will go ahead ‘over the Christmas period’.
Currently, the business recycling target for UK Glass packaging waste is 81% of the overall tonnage placed on the UK market but evidence from the GlassFlow report (published October 2013) indicated that the target could be an unfair representation of the UK’s glass recycling capabilities as the target was set based on inaccurately reported data. Continue reading
Posted in Packaging, PRN, Recycling
Tagged ACP, Advisory Committee on Packaging, Christmas, DEFRA, glass packaging, Glass PRN, GlassFlow, Packaging, packaging compliance, PRN, producer responsibility
Despite the consultation closing in September, Defra have been forced to postpone the publication of guidance for the definition of portable batteries after an error was found in the data used to inform the consultation.
An announcement was made for Hand carried batteries guidance to change back in October but the government have been forced to take another consultation on proposals to amend the definition which will start in Spring of 2014. Continue reading
Electrical Waste Recycling Group Ltd, a UK recycling plant from Huddersfield in Yorkshire, have been granted approval by the Environment Agency to mechanically process flat panel display equipment and have become the first recycling plant in the world to use a mechanical process for this type of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Flat Panel displays such as flat screen televisions and computer monitors have traditionally been processed for recycling by hand. This manual process takes approximately 15 minutes per unit but the mechanical process pioneered by Electrical Waste Recycling Group can operate at a rate of one unit per 6 seconds and removes the risks associated with the manual processing of WEEE. Continue reading
Financial benefits from reducing carbon emissions is at the centre of a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ (BIS) report for the future of UK infrastructure.
In the Infrastructure Carbon Review BIS evaluate economic activity in terms of integrating carbon reduction strategy into UK business infrastructure to make a lasting impression on the international markets: “Now is the time to prepare to develop technical, management and cultural innovations that will strengthen the UK economy and sharpen our competitive edge in international markets.” – states the report.
Olivia Milligan showcased her real prospective potential for the UK’s fastest growing Producer Compliance Scheme as her team won the silver medal in the Accounting Technician Competition at the World Skills Show UK 2013 (14 – 16 November).
Olivia, Accounts Assistant at Comply Direct, entered the Accounting Technician Competition at the World Skills Show UK, NEC Arena in Birmingham and out of 60 participating teams, her small group of three were narrowed down to the 10 finalists and took away the Silver medal, presented by T4 presenter Will Best. Continue reading
All over the world November signals the countdown to Christmas. There’s the excitement of Christmas Markets, shopping, decorating and parties but for many this version of Christmas just isn’t a reality.
The Comply Direct team are only too aware of the hardships faced by children from underprivileged communities at Christmas and in the tradition of seasonal charity have devoted their own time this November to making up and packing shoe-box gifts to donate to Operation Christmas Child. Continue reading
Food waste recycler ReFood UK teamed with the sustainable entrepreneurial charity BioRegional back in 2011 to produce the ‘Vision 2020: UK Roadmap to Zero Food Waste to Landfill’ report which was published on 11 November and calls for total food waste produced by the UK to be diverted from landfill by 2020.
The report suggests a framework which could save the UK economy £17 billion a year as well as preventing 27 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and would partially close the loop on the energy cycle of food by returning over 1.3 million tonnes of nutrients to agricultural use per year. Continue reading
Posted in Recycling, Sustainability, Waste
Tagged BioRegional, DEFRA, food waste, greenhousegas emissions, Love Food Hate Waste, ReFood, Vision 2020, WRAP, zero waste, zero waste to landfill
The British Plastics Federation (BFP) Replast 2013 seminar (6 November, London) heard calls for a reform of the PRN system due to perceived ‘unfair advantages’ present for plastic waste exporters over domestic reprocessors.
The UK Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system attributes monetary value to tonnages of packaging waste produced by UK businesses and recycled by material type. Currently all plastic packaging waste and resulting PRNs correspond to a single category due to all recycled plastic from waste packaging falling under one UK target. Continue reading
Posted in Packaging, PRN, Recycling
Tagged China, glass packaging, Glass PRN, Green Fence, packaging compliance, packaging recycling target, packaging regulations, packaging waste regulations, plastic packaging, plastic prn, PRN, PRN price, recycling
In a letter to waste and recycling industry stakeholders earlier this week (6.11.2013) the newly appointed resource minister, Dan Rogerson, wrote of his intention to reduce Defra’s involvement in waste management from April 2014 citing “extreme pressure” on funding as a key factor.
Defra will reduce its activities in tackling waste from UK businesses and energy from waste plants to, “focus on the essentials that only government can and must do.” Continue reading