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2016 WEEE compliance fee mechanism announced by DEFRA

2nd February 2017

Emily Rice

DEFRA has announced (1 Feb 2017) their decision to use the 2016 WEEE Compliance Fee mechanism proposed by Valpak. DEFRA received three proposals to consider in October last year and this week announced that the WEEE Compliance Fee methodology submitted by Valpak has been approved by the secretary of state.

In November last year DEFRA invited interested parties to respond to the consultation on the three proposals submitted. Comply Direct work hard to avoid using the compliance fee and so meet our members obligation via the collection and recycling of waste electrical equipment however we did respond to the consultation outlining our position. We collated all feedback on the proposals from our members and included these in our response.

WEEE compliance fee methodology

The announcement of the WEEE compliance fee methodology means that schemes that were unable to meet their collection targets for 2016 will have to register with Grant Thornton UK LLP, independent UK accountancy firm, in association with Valpak who will administer the fund-collection system. Funds collected from the fee will be distributed to local authorities. The Valpak WEEE Compliance Fee methodology has been amended so as to require submission of net cost data relating only to directly collected WEEE from local authority DCFs by those Producer Compliance Schemes using the fee mechanism.

The compliance fee was introduced in 2014 as a mechanism to stop household WEEE producers over paying for the cost of recycling equipment by offering producer compliance schemes an alternative method to meet their member’s obligation.

If you have any questions about this consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Comply Direct