BIS gathers evidence on cost of WEEE compliance


June 2012

From 28 May 2012, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is gathering information and data from manufacturers and producer compliance schemes on the costs of compliance per year, as well as views on whether linking the treatment and recycling costs with the price of evidence would change the dynamics of system.

The action follows concerns raised by businesses as part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge that costs of compliance are "excessive”. One concern is that, under the current WEEE system, manufacturers are required to pay towards the costs of recycling all WEEE collected. In contrast, the producer responsibility system for packaging where only enough has to be recycled to meet annual targets.

BIS has said that it will form proposals in line with the findings of the evidence and will issue a formal consultation at the beginning of 2013. The consultation will enable the proposals to be introduced along with changes required to transpose the requirements of the recast EU WEEE Directive.