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Mid-year collection target change for Cat 13 reduces member obligations

The latest changes in Cat 13 Gas Discharge Lamps & LED brings down the collection rate from 65% to just 60% as part of a mid-year change announced today by the Environment Agency.

At one of our recent stakeholder meetings the EA announced an unusual measure to make a mid-year change to the way the Cat 13 target is calculated (see our industry updates here). This change was prompted by a very large producer of lighting equipment, who placed in the region of 900 tonnes on the market in 2015, joining a compliance scheme in recent weeks.

As a result of their original omission, all other Cat 13 producers inherited an inflated obligation as they made up a 9% shortfall towards the UK's WEEE recycling target of 6,882 tonnes.

However, in an effort to more fairly share the obligation, the Agency decided to re-issue the whole UK market share calculation with the new data included, thereby reducing everyone’s Cat 13 obligation and also benefiting the late joiner with a lower target (normally late joiners would have a higher obligation).

A benefit for all Cat 13 producers

At ecosurety we’ve been watching this development closely, and are pleased to see a little flexibility and pragmatism applied in the WEEE system in this unique circumstance. The net change provides a benefit for all Cat 13 producers.

However, we encourage all producers to register on time, as this approach is highly unusual and the norm would result in a higher than normal obligation due to the way the target is calculated for late registrants.

To discuss your WEEE compliance needs, or to find out how this change affects you, contact our team of specialists on 0845 094 2228 or email weee@ecosurety.com.

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