Amended WEEE legislation formally approved

The final draft of the new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations was laid before Parliament on the 10 December 2013. The new regulations will come into force on 1 January 2014. .

 

Changes to the current regulations include:

  • Light emitting diodes (LEDs) will now be reported under category 13.
  • Photovoltaic panels (commonly referred to as solar panels or photovoltaic modules) will come within scope of the Regulations under a new category 14.
  • A de minimis threshold will be introduced, meaning that producers placing less than five tonnes onto the market each year can register direct and are not required to join a compliance scheme.
  • Evidence notes cannot be issued by an AATF or AE on WEEE received from a local authority that has chosen to self clear their WEEE.
  • Evidence notes cannot be traded between producer compliance schemes, with each scheme being responsible for meeting their own obligation.

David Adams, Managing Director at Clarity Environmental, said: 

"We are pleased to receive the final regulations after months of uncertainty for both producers and compliance schemes. We welcome the common sense approach to WEEE compliance that many of the changes in the regulations will bring, with the de minimis threshold, the removal of the requirement for viable plans and the ability to use a different small mixed WEEE category to offset an obligation within categories two to nine.” 

"Unfortunately, there was conflicting information sent to producers prior to the draft regulations being published, which caused confusion for some. We are continuing to support our WEEE compliance members through these changes, ensuring that those affected remain fully informed throughout this process.

"We are supportive of any measures that will reduce the burden of compliance for small producers and the de minimis threshold will go some way to do this. However, we are getting feedback that many producers want to continue being part of a scheme so that they gain assistance with their obligations. We will continue to work closely with our WEEE compliance members to offer them membership options and support them throughout the changes.”

A copy of the new regulations can be found here.

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