Following on from a WEEE Conference held in London last week, we are pleased to bring you all the updates and the latest in the world of WEEE! The conference covered a range of topics, at a crucial time for WEEE when there are likely to be changes to the WEEE system.
Last month, we reported that DEFRA (Department for Food and Rural Affairs) were planning to review the move to reducing the number of WEEE categories from 14 to 6 and the move to ‘open scope’. The move to open scope is written into the current WEEE regulations and means that all Electrical and Electronic Equipment will be classed as within the scope of the regulations and previous exclusions will not apply. To read the full story, click here.
Speaking at the WEEE Conference in London last week, Melanie Foster, senior DEFRA official went into further discussions about 'open scope' plans in the upcoming future.
A consultation will take place between September and November this year, which all stakeholders will be invited to respond to. It is likely this consultation will request input on the move to open scope and the categorisation changes. The analysis of these results will be between November 2017 and January 2018 with the results of the consultation being made available in April 2018. It was explained that the 'open scope' plans will come into force in January 2019 as first drafted. Some stakeholders believe that it would be preferable to keep the current 14 category reporting system, the data from which can be transposed into the 6 categories if required. When the consultation is released we will communicate this to our members and would encourage all to respond to help shape the future WEEE regulations.
Also discussed at the WEEE Conference in London, by Chris Groves of the Environment Agency, were plans around the EA to revise charges which are made to producers and compliance schemes.
The EA are stating that there is currently a shortfall in relation to the work carried out by the Environment Agency in relation to WEEE compliance and the income by WEEE producers and producer compliance schemes. As such, a consultation is due to be carried out in Autumn 2017 and is likely to be included in the same consultation around open scope. Mr Groves explained that a review of charges by the EA happens once every five years. Upon any changes, these will be implemented in April 2018. Comply Direct will keep our members informed on the consultation and any such changes.
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