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‘ Approved WEEE Disposal Contractors’. Who are they, and how do you know that companies contacting you are part of the approved process?. David Lloyd - Environment Agency. Agenda. A brief Introduction to the WEEE Regulations Local Authorities involvement

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Approved WEEE DisposalContractors’

Who are they, and how do you know that companies contacting you are part of the approved process?

David Lloyd - Environment Agency


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Agenda

  • A brief Introduction to the WEEE Regulations

  • Local Authorities involvement

  • Who are the WEEE ‘disposal contractors’– Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) & Approved Exporters (AEs)

  • How do you know that they are approved?


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A Brief Introduction to the WEEE Regulations

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regs 2006

- came into force from 1 July 2007 in relation to local authority involvement


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A Brief Introduction to the WEEE Regulations-the aims

  • Maximise the separate collection of household Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE);

  • Ensure this WEEE is treated appropriately to protect the environment;

  • Re-use, recycle and recover WEEE to target levels,

  • Dispose of any residual WEEE in an environmentally sound manner


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A Brief Introduction to the WEEE Regulations-the essential requirements

  • WEEE split into 10 (+3) categories, each with separate recovery & recycling targets

  • All separately collected WEEE is to be treated

  • All treatment sites (‘disposal contractors’) to be permitted

  • ‘Producers’ of EEE, finance a proportion of collection & treatment costs of the separately collected WEEE


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A Brief Introduction to the WEEE Regulations- who’s affected?

  • ‘Producers’ of electrical or electronic equipment (EEE);

  • ‘Distributors’ of household EEE;

  • WEEE storage and refurbishment sites can register exemptions from Waste Management Licensing;

  • treatment sites have new treatment standards to meet;

  • local authorities can put forward their sites as ‘Designated Collection facilities’ (DCFs);

  • business end-users will have obligations to finance the treatment and recycling of their WEEE in some circumstances


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Local Authorities involvement

  • No actual requirements to comply with WEEE Regulations as LA’s are ‘end-users’

  • However can register their waste transfer sites as Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs) via National Distributor Take-Back Scheme (DTS) - run by Valpak)


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Local Authorities involvement

– Benefits include:

  • Funding given for site upgrades, containers etc;

  • costs of onward transport, treatment, recovery, recycling and any disposal of WEEE to be born by ‘Producers’ under the Regs.

  • LAs can still claim tonnages against their recycling targets


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Local Authorities involvement

  • What WEEE waste classifies as ‘separately collected?’ for the purposes of LAs

    • That collected via Civic Amenity sites registered as (DCFs)

    • Bulky Waste collections – but only if they pass through a DCF

    • Other routes also include in-store take-back (Reg 32) and compliance scheme approved systems (Reg40A)


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Who are WEEE Waste Disposal Contractors?

Approved ATFs* (AATFs)

&

Approved Exporters (AEs)

* Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs)

= legally operating sites


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Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs)

  • Any facility carrying out treatment of WEEE and which is licensed permitted, or exempt from licensing

  • Only ATFs can apply to become approved as AATFs

  • The operator must carry out treatment to the standards identified in Defra’s Guidance on: Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment


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What are AATFs?

  • Approved authorised sites (ATFs) that have applied to issue WEEE evidence

  • Approved by the Agencies to issue the evidence

  • Required to ensure consistent and auditable evidence of re-use, treatment, recovery and recycling

  • Have to meet treatment standards and provide quarterly returns


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What are approved exporters (AEs)?

  • Any company who exports WEEE for treatment and/or recovery and recycling can apply to become an approved exporter (AE)

  • Approved by the Agencies to issue the evidence

  • Will issue WEEE evidence of treatment, recycling, recovery and re-use of separately collected whole untreated WEEE

  • Have to comply with Waste Shipment Regulations, ‘broadly equivalence’ requirement and provide quarterly returns


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How do you know that they are approved?

  • Ask for their approval number which should look something like: WEE/XX0001XX/ATF or WEE/XX0001XX/AE

  • Refer to the Public Registers on the Environment Agency website (next slide)

  • Ask if they are aligned to the Producer Compliance Scheme(s) that is (are) ‘clearing’ your DCFs


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In Summary

  • Regs aim to maximise the separate collection of household WEEE, its reuse, recovery, recycling and proper disposal

  • Costs covered by Producers of new EEE

  • LAs have no direct legal obligations, but can take advantage of funding for upgrading CA sites, and cost savings for onward transport and processing,

  • LAs can still claim tonnages towards targets

  • Approved contractors should have WEEE Reg. Nos, and be on EAs public register

  • Check whether they are operating on behalf of the PCS clearing your site



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Thank You

& Any Questions?

David Lloyd (Environment Officer)

[email protected] Tel: 01562 534109


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