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Defra Announces Consultation on WEEE Compliance Fee Methodology

Yesterday (17 October) the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced a consultation on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Compliance Fee Methodology.

Online, the consultation – closed on November 14 – aims to gather the opinions of its respondents on two proposals:

  1. The UK WEEE Regulations 2013 will establish a system where producers of equipment are required to fund the cost of collection, treatment, recovery and recycling of WEEE from private households.
  2. The “WEEE Regulation” will establish a system of annual collection targets imposed on Producer Compliance Programs (PCS) and the Secretary of State has discretionary powers to approve a compliance fee methodology as an alternative form of compliance payable by producers. PCS, who fail to reach their fundraising goal.

Defra stresses that the consultation will be of interest to producers of electrical and electronic equipment, licensed producer compliance schemes, WEEE treatment facilities, waste management companies, electricity reuse organizations and local authorities. .

He wondered if the Secretary of State should set a compliance fee for the 2022 compliance period (January 1 – December 31, 2022) and expressed his interest in gathering the views of interested persons.

Comments are also invited on the extent to which each of the proposals meets the published evaluation criteria.