WEEE compliance fee proposal update

WEEE Regulations, WEEE Recast, WEEE, WEEE complianceThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have released a reminder to WEEE compliance schemes regarding WEEE compliance fee proposals.

Compliance schemes have until 30 September to submit any proposals outlining how the WEEE compliance fee should be calculated and administered to BIS. Continue reading

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ESOS: 7 things you need to know

Is your company ready for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)?

Comply Direct’s energy expert and the communications team take up the challenge to outline the most important ‘need-to-know’ facts and key points about the scheme which is due to obligate over 9000 UK ‘large undertakings’ from December 2014: Continue reading

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Recycling rate increases in England

CanitbeRecycleData published by DEFRA (7 August) indicates an increase in the total amount of waste collected and recycled by local authorities in 2013.

The data provides statistics for the third quarter of 2012/13 and indicates that 42.7% of waste was recycled or composted by local authorities, a figure slightly higher than the recycling rate from the same quarter in the previous year (41.5%). Continue reading

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Batteries regulations face BIS consultation

Cordless power tools, Batteries regulations, Comply Direct, producer compliance schemeThe BIS have launched a consultation seeking views on the implementation of the amended batteries Directive 2013/56/EU, the results of which could impact cordless power tool (CPT) producers.

EU Directive (2006/66/EC) was introduced to improve the environmental performance of batteries and accumulators and to minimise the impact that waste batteries and accumulators have on the environment.

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ESOS: Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

ESOS, Energy Savings Opportunity SchemeESOS, the energy saving scheme for business is due to be launched in the UK.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme aims to ensure that large UK businesses are more energy efficient and is predicted to save businesses a minimum of £250million in energy costs by 2016, and as much as £1.6billion by 2030. Continue reading

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Plastic recycling tonnages revised

Packaging Recycling Data, Envrionment Agency, PRNs, Glass recycling, plastic recycling, Comply DirectPlastic packaging recycling tonnages for Q1 and Q2 of 2014 have been revised in the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD).

Data released on 22 July implied strong performances in the first two quarters of 2014 for Plastic packaging recycling and suggested that its success would soon be reflected in decreasing prices of the Plastic PRN. However, tonnages have since been revised by the government to meet national recycling trends with a reduction of 9k for Q1 and 27k for Q2. Continue reading

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WEEE Regulations amendments

WEEE Regulations, WEEE Recast, WEEEAs a result of the EU WEEE Recast, the UK government announced a number of amendments to the WEEE Regulations which took effect from 1 January 2014.

The amended regulations were hastily rolled out between the consultation close in August and the effect date in January 2014 so the amended 2013 Regulations were published by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) with some minor drafting errors.

Please be aware that the 2013 WEEE Regulations draft document has now received a number of corrections as recommended by the parliamentary Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments. Continue reading

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Climate Resilience: are businesses ready for it

IPCC Report on Climate Change, climate resilienceCan climate resilience be achieved by businesses if they are just observing current fluctuations and not acting on them?

UK businesses, environmental sector operatives and the general public have all have observed how rainstorms are intensifying in the UK. Continue reading

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WEEE dual use definitions update

WEEE Dual UseThe BIS have confirmed that amendments to the guidance on the interpretation of “WEEE from private households” will most likely come into effect at the start of 2015.

Views on this have been sought by today (11 July) and are likely to see the guidance amended so that all new electronic items are regarded as B2C – unless the producer of the item can present proof that due to its design and purpose, it is unlikely to become household waste. Continue reading

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Lead acid battery collections decline

Lead Acid Battery CollectionsQ1 battery data released last month (June) has indicated a fall in the amount of lead acid batteries being used to satisfy recycling targets.

Data released by the Environment Agency in April this year suggested that the waste battery collection target had been exceeded by an inexplicably high number of lead acid batteries collected. Continue reading

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