BIS considers changes to the WEEE System

WEEE Design

December 2012

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is considering a number of options to change the WEEE system following the adoption of the WEEE Recast by the European Union on 24 July 2012. Defra is also looking to make changes to the WEEE system under its Red Tape Challenge, with the aim to reduce the administrative burden on businesses.

Options to be considered by BIS include:

  • A single national compliance scheme which would have the responsibility of financing the collection and treatment of WEEE and distributing the costs of compliance nationwide;
  • For collection targets to be set at the beginning of year, rather than at the end, with Designated Collection Facilities allocated to schemes centrally
  • The option for a compliance scheme to pay a ‘compliance fee’ if they fail to meet collection targets. The fee would be paid into a fund which could be used to pay for publicity campaigns or other methods of increasing WEEE collections

BIS will only support an option that has overall approval after the formal consultation in 2013. BIS intends to have the new legislation in place by 1 January 2014, ahead of the WEEE Recast transposition deadline of the 14 February 2014.