The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 (2013 WEEE Regulations) transpose the requirements of the EU WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU) (the WEEE Directive). This legislation seeks to increase levels of separately collected WEEE and reduce the amount of WEEE going to landfill. It introduces the concept of "Producer Responsibility" in which producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) are required to finance the cost of collection, treatment, reuse/recycling and recovery when that equipment becomes waste.
This consultation proposes possible changes to the 2013 WEEE Regulations and seeks views from stakeholders that will be used to inform a Post Implementation Review of the regulations that is due to be completed by January 2019.
Responses to this consultation are requested in three parts:
Part 1 - Proposals for the implementation of the WEEE Directive requirements to introduce "Open Scope" in which all items of EEE would in future fall within the product scope of the regulations unless subject to a specific exemption or exclusion.
Part 2 - Other proposed regulatory amends in relation to: Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) obligations to collect WEEE from local authorities under regulation 34; and the allocation of producer fees between the UK Agencies.
Part 3 - Stakeholder views on the extent to which the 2013 WEEE Regulations have delivered the government’s policy objectives to improve the environment at a proportionate cost to business ahead of the Post Implementation Review due to be published in 2018.
To submit a consultation response to DEFRA, please use Citizen Space (DEFRA online consultation tool) at: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/weeeregulations-amendments
Respondents in Northern Ireland should also send their response by email or post.