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 2021

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 - 2021

 

Facility

Address

Reference

Size

Contact

 

Vyta

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

WEE/NI2021AA/ATF

Small

Mr Giles Ward
028 9084 400 

Avenue
Recycling Ltd

Unit 1,
Advantage Way,
Ballygomartin Road,
Belfast,
T12 6ND

WEE/NI2021AL/ATF

Large

Mr Michael McKee
028 9071 5700                

Clearway
Disposals Ltd

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

WEE/NI2021AB/ATF

Small

Dr Vincent Boyle
028 9045 7556

Enva Toomebridge Ltd

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

WEE/NI2021AW/ATF

Large

Mr Les Doherty
028 7965 9659

Enva Northern
Ireland Ltd

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

WEE/NI2021AD/ATF

Small

Mr Barry Philips

028 9756 1574

P Kane Metals
Ltd

9-43 Shiels Street,
Belfast

BT12 7LQ

WEE/NI2021AQ/ATF

Small

Mr Harry Kane
028 9032 4191                           

Refresh Appliances Ltd

Units C1/C5/C6/C7,
Strangford Park,
Ards Business
Centre,
Jubilee Road,
Newtownards,
BT23 4YH

WEE/NI2021AU/ATF

Small

Mr Ian Story
028 9182 1112

New 2 You
Reuse Centre/
Workshop

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

WEE/NI2021AT/ATF

Small

c/o Miss Nicola
McCool (Derry
City and
Strabane
District Council)
028 7136 0453

Greenbee
Enterprises Ltd

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

WEE/NI2021AV/ATF

Small

Mr Brian
Johnstone
07825 048494

Approved Exporters (AEs) 2021

Exporter

Address

Reference

Size

Contact

Clearway Disposals
Ltd

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

WEE/NI2021BB/EXP

Small

Dr Vincent Boyle
028 9045 7556                 

Enva Toomebridge Ltd

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

WEE/NI2021BJ/EXP

Small

Mr Les Doherty
028 7965 9659

Volker Gruppe
Ltd

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

WEE/NI2021BI/EXP

Small

Mr Patrick Linning
028 9122 8542

Vanden Recycling Ltd

Unit 5, Wallace Studios, Wallace Avenue
Lisburn BT27 4AE

WEE/NI2021BG/EXP

Small

Mr David Wilson
028 9266 8009                             

 

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