Defra has launched a consultation on the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) compliance fee methodology, with two proposals put forward.
Defra confirmed in June that any 2020 compliance fee methodology for WEEE would need to take the impact of the coronavirus pandemic into account. This follows the adjustment of targets as a result of the lockdown on collection rates in the UK. The consultation can be accessed here.
The compliance fee has become an important tool for those compliance schemes who fall short of evidence to meet their obligation and remain compliant. As WEEE targets have been missed over the last 3 years, and are likely to be missed once again this year,the compliance fee allows money to be raised to fund campaigns to support recyclers and to communicate about recycling electricals.
Currently, the methodology and compliance fee scheme operator will be approved and announced no later than mid-February 2021.