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2018 WEEE Compliance Fee Method Confirmed

1st February 2019

Melanie Harper

Two proposals have been put forward for the 2018 WEEE compliance fee, the mechanism which allows Producer Compliance Schemes to achieve compliance if collection targets are not met

Posted: 1 February 2019

Today DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) confirmed that the Joint Trade Association methodology has been selected to set the 2018 WEEE compliance fee, which was also utilised in 2017 (more details in our post dated 15 October 2018 below). In their official announcement of this decision, DEFRA said: “Defra accepts the JTA’s approach to handling net income generating WEEE streams (applicable to all WEEE streams) and its recommendation for zero fee for LDA (Large Domestic Appliances).”

Posted: 15 October 2018

This year sees, for the second time, only two proposals put forward: the Joint Trade Association (JTA) whose methodologies were accepted in 2014, 2015 and 2017; and Valpak whose proposal was selected in 2016. Both proposals aim to encourage schemes to take the necessary steps to meet their collection targets through the procurement of recycling evidence generated through collections of waste electrical equipment rather than through the use of the compliance fee.

Both proposals state that fees payable should be on a sliding scale being higher for those schemes which are significantly below their collection targets than those which only have a small deficit to make up. Both, too, are in agreement that the fee applied per WEEE category should reflect whether there is a national surplus or deficit against the UK target and that schemes should not be penalised where shortfalls are caused by national deficits. Full details of the two proposals can be found here.

As always, Comply Direct aim to avoid the use of the compliance fee by obtaining sufficient household WEEE evidence via our arrangements for the collection and recycling of electrical waste. We will be responding to the consultation outlining our position. If any of our WEEE members have any comments that you would like us to include in our formal response then please do not hesitate to get in touch with your views by no later than 13 November. If you wish to respond to DEFRA directly, you can do so here.

If you have any questions about the proposals, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager or the WEEE team at weee@complydirect.com or 01756 794 951