The government have finally released their response to the UK's implementation of the WEEE Recast Directive and the proposed changes to the WEEE system.
The response has been delayed by over two months due to the volume of responding submissions by WEEE producers, producer compliance schemes, businesses, local authorities, government entities and many more. Below is a basic outline of the government's response, the confirmed changes and a link to the response document. Comply Direct will compile a full response and communicate this to WEEE members within the next week.
As per Option 3 in the consultation proposal, the government will introduce a system based on the "Target and Compliance Fee" mechanism, to start in 2014.
WEEE Producers will be required to register with a producer compliance scheme by the 15th of Novermber 2013. This does not apply to de minimis producers; A de-minimus threshold of 5 tonnes for small producers will be implemented. Producers who place less than 5 tonnes of EEE on the market in any compliance period will fall under the de-minimis threshold and will not be required to register with a producer compliance scheme but direct with the relevant agency (more details to follow).
Comply Direct will now work to incorporate the above changes and the rest of the amendments from the government response into the WEEE scheme it currently provides and will be in contact with all its WEEE members imminently to discuss their options.
For more information please click here to find all the government documentation relating to the WEEE recast, consultation, response and directive.