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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 disposal contractors
‘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

agenda
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?
a brief introduction to the weee regulations
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

a brief introduction to the weee regulations the aims
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
a brief introduction to the weee regulations the essential requirements
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
a brief introduction to the weee regulations who s affected
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
local authorities involvement
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)
local authorities involvement8
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)
who are weee waste disposal contractors
Who are WEEE Waste Disposal Contractors?

Approved ATFs* (AATFs)

&

Approved Exporters (AEs)

* Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs)

= legally operating sites

authorised treatment facilities atfs
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
what are aatfs
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
how do you know that they are approved
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
in summary
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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