The outcome of the DEFRA Consultation on ‘Open Scope’ and Review of the WEEE Regulations, launched in October 2017, has been published today (18 May 2018)
Our original news story summarising the Consultation can be found here.
107 responses were received with 49% from EEE producers, 15% from Compliance Schemes and the remaining from trade organisations, EEE distributors, local authorities and WEEE treatment facilities.
Option 2, ‘amend the WEEE regulations to keep the current 14 categories with new flexibility to allocate equipment previously out of scope to one of the 14 categories’ will be implemented from 1 January 2019. 94% of respondents ranked this option as their first or second choice.
Guidance on EEE products coming into scope will be published by the Environment Agency in due course.
Producer Balancing System (PBS)
The WEEE Regulations will be amended to introduce a mandatory requirement for Compliance Schemes to be part of a system through which the costs of collecting WEEE from local authority requests are shared amongst Compliance Schemes. Such a system would be subject to consultation before approval.
79% of responses were in favour of the chosen approach with general consensus that the Government should appoint an independent body to oversee the system and ensure its transparency.
Producer Registration Fees
The WEEE Regulations will be amended to ensure that Compliance Schemes pay producer fees to the agency in the nation of producer domicile. 75% of respondents supported this approach.
The full response can be found here.
A Post Implementation Review of the Regulations is expected to be published by the end of 2018 and will inform the Government Resources and Waste Strategy’s wider review of producer responsibility.
We will be keeping you up to date with all things ‘open scope’ and will be running a webinar when more information becomes available, so keep your eyes peeled!
If you have any questions about the changes, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager or the WEEE team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01756 794 951