Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) treatment facilities

The following information explains the regulatory requirements that apply to businesses in the waste management industry that operate WEEE treatment facilities. It explains the requirements for treating and exporting WEEE. It also details the current list of Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities and Approved Exporters of WEEE.

WEEE treatment facilities

The (WEEE) Regulations also apply to businesses in the waste management industry that operate WEEE treatment facilities.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Waste Management Licensing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 came into force on 5 January 2007 and deal with the site licensing and WEEE treatment requirements of the WEEE Directive.

The regulations include three additional exemptions from waste management licensing. These cover:

  • storage of WEEE
  • repair/refurbishment of WEEE
  • lamp crushing prior to recovery

These exemptions need to be registered with the NIEA and are subject to certain restrictions.

A prospective operator must send our Waste Management Licensing team a Waste Management Licence or Exemption from Waste Management Licensing. An operator will also need to ensure that the site has appropriate planning permission.

Treating WEEE

In order to treat WEEE, they will need to put in place the necessary equipment and processes that allow the WEEE to be treated to the required standard and in a way that does not cause harm to the environment, workers or people living nearby. A site that is appropriately licensed to treat WEEE is known as an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) for WEEE.

An operator of a treatment facility that has the necessary ATF licence can apply to be approved. Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) are able to issue evidence of WEEE treatment and recovery. This evidence is required by Producer Compliance Schemes to show that they have met their obligations under the WEEE Regulations. There will be a similar approval process for exporters of WEEE for treatment or recovery.

Exporting WEEE

Exporting any waste for disposal is prohibited. The export of WEEE for recovery is permitted but is controlled by the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations (2007). These controls depend on the classification of the waste and the destination country. Many waste types require formal notification before the waste is allowed to leave the UK.

Hazardous WEEE cannot be exported for recovery to countries outside the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Televisions and monitors with cathode ray tubes are examples of WEEE classified as hazardous waste. Some of the components and materials derived from treating hazardous WEEE will themselves be classified as hazardous waste. Most permitted exports to non-OECD countries are subject to notification under the Waste Shipments Regulations.

Application forms to be an Approved ATF or an Approved Exporter of WEEE are available below.

Quarterly returns

Quarterly returns are required to be submitted by both AATFs and AEs. Please use the link below to access templates that must be used when submitting your quarterly reports to us.

WEEE evidence must be issued through the settlement centre which can be accessed using the below link.

Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities and Approved Exporters of WEEE 2017

The public register is periodically updated to reflect any changes to the status of approved ATFs or approved exporters, but may not be up to date at any given time. Therefore, it remains the responsibility of all schemes to exercise due diligence in ensuring that the evidence they obtain is valid and that it has been issued by an ATF or exporter who is approved.

If you have any questions, you should contact:

An Authorised Treatment Facility or Approved Exporter that handles 400 tonnes or less is defined as "Small" and over 400 tonnes as "Large"

Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) Operators

Asset Management Ireland Ltd

Unit 1, Mallusk View, Central Park, Mallusk, Newtownabbey, BT36 4FR

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017AA/ATF

Small or Large: Small

Contact: Mr Giles Ward on 028 9084 4400 or email giles.ward@amiltd.ie

Avenue Recycling Ltd

Unit 1, Advantage Way, Ballygomartin, Belfast, BT12 6ND

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017AL/ATF

Small or Large: Large

Contact: Mr Michael McKee on 028 9032 6392 or email michael@avenuerecyling.co.uk

Clearway Disposals Ltd

East Twin Road Belfast Harbour Estate, Belfast, BT3 9EN

Reference Number: WEE/NI/2017AB/ATF

Small or Large: Small

Contact: Dr Vincent Boyle on 028 9045 7556 or email clearwayltd@btconnect.com

Clearcircle Environmental NI Ltd t/a Techrec NI

52 Creagh Road, Toomebridge, Co Antrim, BT41 3SE

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017AW/ATF

Small or Large: Large

Contact: Mr Patrick O’Neill on 028 7965 9659 or email patrick.oneill@glassdon.com

Enva Northern Ireland Ltd

Unit 1, 11 Comber Road, Carryduff, Co Down, BT8 8AN

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017AD/ATF

Small or Large: Small

Contact: Mr Barry Philips on 028 9756 1574 or email bphilips@envani.com

NWP Recycling Ltd

1A Tassagh Road, Keady, Co Armagh, BT60 3TU

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017AE/ATF

Small or Large: Large

Contact: Ms Aoife Woods on 028 3753 8628 or email aoife.woods@nwp-recycling.com

P Kane Metals Ltd

9-43 Shiels Street, Belfast, BT12 7LQ

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017AQ/ATF

Small or Large: Small

Contact: Mr Harry Kane on 028 9032 4191 or email p.kane@btconnect.com

Refresh Appliances Ltd

Unit C5/C6 Strangford Park, Ards Business Centre, Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017AU/ATF

Small or Large: Small

Contact: Mr Ian Story on 028 9182 1112 or alan@refreshappliances.com

4R Reuse

Pennyburn Recycling Centre, Unit 23 Pennyburn Industrial Estate, Londonderry, BT48 0LU

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017AT/ATF

Small or Large: Small

Contact: Mr Joe Brolly (4R Reuse Workshop) or Ms Nicola Doherty (Derry and Strabane District Council) on 028 7136 0453 or joe@resourcecentrederry.com or nicola.doherty@derrystrabane.com

Greenbee Enterprises Ltd

Unit 6 Dennison Industrial Estate Avondale Drive Ballyclare Co Antrim BT39 9EB

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017AV/ATF

Small or Large: Small

Contact Mr Brian Johnstone on 07825 048494 or email greenbee.enterprises@gmail.com

 

Approved Exporters (AEs)

Clearway Disposals Ltd

East Twin Road Belfast Harbour Estate, Belfast, BT3 9EN

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017BB/EXP

Small or Large: Small

Contact: Dr Vincent Boyle on 028 9045 7556 or email clearwayltd@btconnect.com

NWP Recycling Ltd

1A Tassagh Road, Keady, Co Armagh, BT60 3TU

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017BF/EXP

Small or Large: Small

Contact: Ms Aoife Woods on 028 3835 3555 or email aoife.woods@nwp-recycle.com

Volker Gruppe Ltd

Unit 37 Innotec Drive, Bangor, Co.Down, BT19 7PD

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017BI/EXP

Small or Large: Small

Contact: Mr Patrick Linning on 028 9122 8542 or email patrick@volker-gruppe.de

Greenway Polymers Ltd

11 Porthill Road Mountnorris Co Armagh BT60 2TY

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017BH/EXP

Small or Large: Small

Contact Mr Jon Nicholson on 028 3750 7733 or email jon@greenwaypolymers.com

Vanden Recycling Ltd

11A Blaris Industrial Estate, Altona Road, Lisburn BT27 5QB

Reference Number: WEE/NI2017BG/EXP

Small or Large: Small

Contact: David Wilson on 028 9266 8009 or email david@vandenrecycling.com

 

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