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DEFRA seek 2016 compliance fee proposals

Following a second year running, DEFRA are inviting proposals for how the system should function for the 2016 compliance period for submission by 30 September.

The compliance fee is an alternative way for WEEE producer compliance schemes to discharge their members’ WEEE obligation should they choose not to meet it through conventional WEEE evidence collection routes. The fee is also intended to form part of a wider strategy to break the system whereby schemes would over collect throughout the year to financially exploit any schemes with evidence shortfalls.

Alternative form of compliance

Over the past two years, there has been uptake of schemes utilising this alternative form of compliance. Each year, proposals are submitted by interested parties for the calculation of the compliance fee mechanism and for the administration of the system. Whilst there have been several different proposals for this compliance fee, in both years, it has been the Joint Trade Association (JTA) who have held successful bids.

Strong supplier relationships

Whilst ecosurety will not be submitting a proposal for the running of the compliance fee, we will follow any proposals submitted with interest. Our aim as a compliance scheme is to provide greater cost certainty to our members, and our strong supplier relationships mean that we are able to meet our members’ obligations with confidence without using the compliance fee.

If you need any advice or want to know more simply get in touch by emailing info@ecosurety.com or calling 0845 094 2228.


James Champ

Technical manager

James joined the compliance team in August 2012 and now holds the role of technical manager. He is responsible for managing all regulator requirements across packaging, WEEE and batteries compliance regulations, and for overseeing our WEEE and batteries collections. In particular, James takes an active interest in quality improvement both for clients' data methodologies and internally to improve business efficiency.


Written by James Champ Published 05/08/2016 Topics Compliance

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