Valpak launches WEEE 'pre-compliance service'

Valpak, the largest packaging compliance scheme, launched a "pre-compliance service" in September for businesses that expect to be obligated under the imminent waste electrical and electronic equipment regulations.

Some 400 of its 3,000 members will fall under the WEEE regime. The market is expected to be considerably bigger than that for packaging, with up to 25,000 obligated businesses compared to 6,000 under the packaging regime.

Under the WEEE regime, due to commence next year, producers of electrical and electronic equipment will have to provide evidence that they have met the reuse/recycling and recovery targets for the different categories of WEEE. The Government has yet to decide how this will be done (ENDS Report 355, pp 36-38 ), although discussions between the Government and the environment agencies were due to start in late September.

Nonetheless, the number of WEEE compliance schemes is growing. Transform was established by Biffa and EMR, and REPIC was set up by trade bodies representing the consumer electronics and white goods sectors.

GAMBICA B2B Compliance, a scheme for businesses in the instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology industry, was launched by trade body GAMBICA in August. A cooperation agreement to develop a "recycling scheme" has also been announced by JVC, Panasonic and Thomson.

Valpak's service, which costs £500 to join for firms with a turnover of £5 million or less, and £1,000 for firms with a higher turnover, will offer information and advice on which products fall under the Directive and the kind of data businesses will need to supply when they submit their registration to the National Clearing House next year.

Once the system to enable obligated businesses to demonstrate compliance has been agreed, Valpak hopes to launch a full compliance scheme.

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