Consultation on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations - Regulatory Triage Assessment

Closed 7 Dec 2018

Opened 9 Nov 2018

Results Updated 6 Feb 2019

Detail of Outcome

We invited comments on the extent to which the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulatory Triage Assessment reflects the costs and benefits to business following the changes made to Regulation 34 in the amending regulations made in March 2018.

Following the consultation, we received a total of 15 responses from producers, producer compliance schemes (PCSs), trade associations, waste management companies and local authorities.

Overall, there was a strong agreement with the assessment of costs and benefits across all the responses. Of the 15 responses, 7 agreed that the assessment was "Fully Reflective", 4 agreed that the assessment was "Very Reflective" and 1 answered that the assessment was "Moderately Reflective". 2 responses rated the assessment as "Not Reflective". 1 response did not provide a rating but provided a comment that the assessment was balanced and reflective. 

Following a review of the responses and the available evidence we have concluded that no changes are necessary to the consultation stage Regulatory Triage Assessment. The final version is published below. 

For more information please contact: WEEE@defra.gov.uk

Overview

The 2013 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (‘the 2013 WEEE Regulations’) implement the requirements of the WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU). In particular, they ensure that producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) finance the cost of collection, treatment, recycling and recovering of that equipment when it becomes WEEE.

The 2013 WEEE Regulations were amended in March by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2018. The 2018 Regulations included an amendment to regulation 34. This amendment clarified the rights of local authorities to have WEEE that has been deposited at a designated collection facility (‘DCF’) they operate collected free of charge by a producer compliance scheme (‘PCS’) that has been established to fulfil the obligations of producers described above.

Comments are invited on the extent to which the Regulatory Triage Assessment being consulted upon reflects the costs and benefits to business following the changes made to Regulation 34 in the amending regulations made in March 2018. 

Audiences

  • Local Authorities
  • Producer Compliance Schemes
  • WEEE Treatment Facilities
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Electrical re-use organisations

Interests

  • Green economy
  • Waste and recycling
  • Local environments
  • Resource Efficiency