Last week (1 November) the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published a guidance document to support obligated WEEE producers in how the amended regulations will apply to business types. The document also provides guidance on how the WEEE recycling targets for producer compliance schemes will be calculated and the methodology that will be used to set the ‘compliance fee’ as well as the options now available for Local Authorities in terms of choosing WEEE streams for treatment.
Electronic and electrical equipment producers, retailers, distributors and manufacturers who place less than 5 tonnes of EEE on the market per year will now be classified as small producers and will have a number of options available to them to reduce the cost of their WEEE compliance.
This includes registering as a small producer with a producer compliance scheme (like Comply Direct) who will register small producers with the Environment Agency, take-on the legal obligation for WEEE recycling, provided data collection support and assist with WEEE distributor take-back obligations. WEEE Small Producers will also have the option to register direct with the Environment Agency but in taking this option will have to take sole responsibility for all of their obligations under the regulations.
Emily Baker, Compliance Manager at Comply Direct, is currently working on developing the WEEE Small Producer Registration service for Comply Direct and believes that the introduction of the de-minimis threshold will represent real cost savings for WEEE small producers in the long-run:
“Small producers will find that their options have increased for the better. We are offering a service which we believe really adds value for small producers.”
“We have forged some very close relationships with many of our WEEE members over the years, we know their business, we know their angle and we know what they expect from a business partner. WEEE Small producers can continue to have the hassle removed from data input and EA registration for a low price.”
The WEEE recast response was published by the government on 11 October 2013 and the amendments to the WEEE regulations will become law from 1 January 2014.
Comply Direct’s breakdown of the amended WEEE regulations can be found here.
For more information or if you are a WEEE producer who is unsure of where your 2014 obligation will fall with regards to the de-minimis threshold please do not hesitate in touch with Comply Direct's expert WEEE team.