Where next for WEEE?
- How could the regulations be changed to reverse this decline?
- What options should the Government consider when they consult on revisions to the regulations next year?
- Which of the proposed changes to the packaging regulations might read across to WEEE?
The Environmental Audit Committee is currently reviewing the WEEE regulations, and Defra are expected to consult on changes in 2020. This is therefore the right time for WEEE schemes and recyclers, waste management companies, and Local Authorities to consider the changes that will be needed to improve collections, and the infrastructure required to ensure that collected WEEE is treated to the required standards.
The session gives the opportunity for debate between the producer compliance schemes who fund this system and must deliver on collection targets, and the treatment sector who must deliver on recycling targets.
Nigel Harvey has been Chief Executive of Recolight, a not-for-profit Producer owned WEEE compliance scheme since 2009. He is also Chair of the UK’s WEEE compliance scheme trade association, the WEEE Scheme Forum (WSF). He was instrumental in the establishment of the voluntary WEEE balancing system, which became mandatory in 2019. At a European level, he was a director and then Vice President of EucoLight, the European trade association for lighting WEEE compliance schemes from 2015 to 2019. He has supported the Joint Trade Association, a collaboration of nine producer trade associations, in the preparation of their successful proposals to operate the WEEE compliance fee in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. He is a member of the BSI committee that reviews WEEE standards.
Phil Conran acts as independent Chairman of the AATF Forum, a body that represents the interests of the WEEE AATF sector and which currently has members accounting for approximately 85% of WEEE treatment capacity in the UK. He is a Director at 360 Environmental, a consultancy that specialises in waste legislation support and is also the Chairman of the government’s Advisory Committee on Packaging. He has been involved in producer responsibility since the mid-90s and previously developed and managed Biffa’s compliance schemes for both packaging and WEEE.
The Recolight team will be on sand R41 to talk about recycling services for WEEE.