Are you aware of how WEEE Extended Producer Responsibility could impact your business?
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What is WEEE EPR?

Government stated their intention to consult on the WEEE regulations in the 2018 Resources and Waste Strategy. In the current system producers are not responsible for individual post-consumer products. The consultation and regulatory review will seek to address a number of issues, including the need to increase reuse and WEEE collections and reward producers for sustainable product design and resource efficiency. There is no confirmed timeline for when WEEE EPR reform will be implemented, but it is unlikely to be before 2023.

Am I affected?

If you are a producer or distributor of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) you will be affected by future regulatory change. This includes manufacturers, re-branders, importers, distance sellers and retailers. After the consultatory process, there will be more detail on future obligations. As the primary aim is to collect, recycle and re-use more EEE, stakeholders should expect a more comprehensive producer responsibility system. There is a current exemption for producers handling under 5 tonnes of EEE per year, it is unclear if this de minimis will remain in the new system.

What is the WEEE EPR consultation?

The government consultation for reforming the WEEE regulation was expected in 2021 but is now anticipated to be in the latter half of 2022, with a summary of responses potentially published by government in 2023. The consultation will likely cover the need to increase collections, data and reporting systems, free-rider enforcement, improving equipment lifecycles and more.

Waste Prevention Programme for England consultation launched

On 18 March 2021 Defra published a consultation asking respondents what they think regulatory and industrial priorities should be for managing resources and waste for textiles; construction; furniture; e-goods; road vehicles; packaging; single-use items and plastics; and food. The closing date to submit feedback was 10 June 2021.
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What do I need to do now?

Government have yet to release detailed guidance, so the details surrounding future EPR for WEEE are not yet fully known. However, we strongly advise you to respond to the upcoming consultation, and to be aware of the resulting government response and any draft legislation. By doing this your team can prepare for any changes that will impact your business at the earliest opportunity. We inform our members of important policy milestones and updates and we always publish the latest news on our website.

We can help you respond

It is important a range of stakeholders respond in order to get the best regulatory outcome, and to ensure all groups are equally represented in decision making. Ecosurety respond to consultations in our members’ best interest, and can offer assistance and guidance throughout the whole process if you plan to respond yourself, please contact us to find our more.



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If you are affected by WEEE EPR we can assist you through policy guidance, data assurance and analysis of the impact on your business, once any new measures are known.
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Find out more about current WEEE legislation

Find out if existing WEEE producer responsibility legislation applies to you, what you need to do and how we can help.
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