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Electronics Sector “Confusion” as WEEE Deadline Arrives

(15.03.07) Thousands of electronics companies based in the UK could be unwittingly breaking the law after today, if they have not signed up to a recycling scheme for waste electronics.

Under new producer responsibility regulations – called the WEEE Regulations – all manufacturers, importers or re-branders of electrical goods must register with one of the 37 approved producer compliance schemes to contribute to UK recycling. 

These compliance schemes will then act on their behalf to collect and recycle waste electronic equipment picked up at designated collection facilities (DCFs) from July 1.

With no threshold in the legislation, all electronics producers must join a compliance scheme.

But the compliance schemes believe that as many as a third of all companies obligated under the regulations – called the WEEE Regulations – know nothing about them or today’s deadline.

DHL, which is running one of the 37 producer compliance schemes, said awareness levels within the electronics sector were “depressingly low” concerning the new legislation.

“If these businesses do not act now, they could find themselves at a competitive disadvantage when the legislation comes fully into force and risk heavy recycling bills, or even prosecution, for non-compliance.” – Paul James, DHL

Learn more about WEEE implementation at the LetsRecycle web site.

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