Latest WEEE compliance fee methodology raises questions of fairness

The methodology used to calculate the WEEE compliance fee is aimed at encouraging the collection and recycling of electronic waste but is the fourth iteration, chosen by DEFRA, anymore likely to achieve this in a fair and efficient way? Conor McGlone investigates

Mountain of electrical waste
JTA’s methodology is structured to encourage local authority collections and membership of the PCS producer balancing scheme. Photograph: PNphoto/123RF

Last week ministers approved the WEEE Compliance Fee methodology proposed by the Joint Trade Associations (JTA) for the 2017 compliance year.

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