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UK Consultation on proposed amendments to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published this consultation as part of a UK-wide consultation.

The 2013 WEEE Regulations

The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Regulations 2013 (2013 WEEE Regulations) transpose the requirements of the EU WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU) (the WEEE Directive). This legislation seeks to increase levels of separately collected WEEE and reduce the amount of WEEE going to landfill. It introduces the concept of “Producer Responsibility” in which producers of Electrical Equipment (EEE) are requires to finance the cost of collection, treatment, reuse/recycling and recovery when that equipment becomes waste.

Consultation Proposals

Part 1- Proposals for the implementation of the WEEE Directive requirements to introduce “Open Scope” in which all items of EEE would in future fall within the product scope of the regulations unless subject to a specific exemption or exclusion.

Part 2- Other proposed regulatory amendments in relation to: Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) obligations to collect WEEE from local authorities under regulation 34; and the allocation of producer fees between the UK Agencies.

Part 3- Stakeholder views on the extent to which the 2013 WEEE Regulations have delivered the government’s policy objectives to improve the environment at a proportionate cost to business ahead of the Post Implementation Review due to be published in 2018.

Who Will the Proposals be of Interest too?

This consultation will be of interest to producers of electrical and electronic equipment, approved Producer Compliance Schemes, WEEE treatment facilities, waste management companies, electrical re-use organisations and local authorities.

Timescale

This consultation closes on Friday 08 December 2017. The aim is to publish the government response within 12 weeks. If the responses require a change to the existing UK WEEE Regulations to introduce “Open Scope”; amending legislation will be laid before Parliament to come into force from 1 January 2019.

Further Information

DAERA NI Consultation and Supporting Documents https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations/uk-consultation-proposed-amendments-waste-electrical-and-electronic-equipment-regulations-2013

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