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WEEE Regulation Changes That Will Affect How Businesses Manage Electronics

November 10, 2017 | Insights,

What can Anthesis do to help?

If the changes affecting your business are not clear, you need to put forward a budget for changes in the Regulations, or simply better understand the impact on your business compliance both here and in Europe, Anthesis can assist.

We have a team with extensive expertise in electricals, EPR and resource efficient supply chains, including product stewardship and take-back. Recent projects have been centered around EEE and packaging, including policy research, development of strategies for improving recycling, and implementation of takeback schemes.

For further information on the WEEE, product compliance, or the broader Extended Producer Responsibility topic, please get in touch with either Mark Sayers or Richard Peagam.

It’s happening already – We have reached a fork in the road on product compliance and waste legislation. Will it slow the way technology evolves, or impact the way we consume more of the latest tech to enrich our lives?

Main challenges to the new WEEE directive

The main challenges faced by UK and European producers will be:

  • Product classification – how to adopt a change in classification of products from 10 to 6 categories; with minimal upheaval to producer costs or waste stream separation for producers. Despite this, there could be significant differences between the UK and European compliance systems if EU continue on anticipated trajectory (move to 6 dimensions based categories), and the UK preferred option is adopted (retain 14 categories).
  • Inclusion of previously exempt products – unless an electrical product is specifically exempted, then it is assumed to be in scope. The inclusion of previously exempt products coming into scope is likely to bring new businesses into the WEEE system for the first time. Will this spread the burden or add more demand to the system?
  • Impact on budgets – a year ago in a stakeholder meeting, we thought an adoption of 6 categories was most likely for the UK. However, time, circumstances and cost modelling have moved on and the UK looks most favorably to retain the 14 categories with a protocol behind, which will bring the most stability with lowest impact on producer market.
  • Recycling costs – waste holders may suddenly find themselves with increased WEEE recycling costs; waste classification is complex and those in the many industries previously outside the scope of WEEE Regulations could find themselves with more administration and separating more waste,  otherwise they risk paying for the mixed loads to be sorted elsewhere.

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