From 1 January 2016 the new UK interpretation of printer cartridges under the WEEE regulations fell into line with the European interpretation.
This means that printer cartridges are now in scope. Any company who imported, manufactured or rebranded these products is now required to register and report these to a scheme on a quarterly basis.
Increased recycling of printer cartridges
This announcement came from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) following industry consultation that we participated in last year, looking at how collection systems can be developed to encourage the increased recycling of printer cartridges. In a letter from the WEEE team at BIS, the government department said:
- Producers who will be placing printer cartridges on the UK market during the 2016 compliance period will need to register as an EEE producer.
- Producers will need to report on a quarterly basis during 2016 the tonnages of printer cartridges placed on the UK market.
- Data collected during 2016 will feed into determining the targets for 2017 and as such the financial obligations for the collection, treatment and recovery of printer cartridges will arise for producers during the 2017 compliance period.
Q1 2016 WEEE returns
At this time when companies are calculating their Q1 2016 returns, these products should now be considered as part of the data returns to the scheme. As printer cartridges are part of printers, then it is likely these should fall under Category 3 IT & Telecoms equipment.
If you require any further information, or think you would benefit from internal scoping advice from our technical specialists, please contact our team on 0845 094 2228 or email WEEE@ecosurety.com
Head of policy
Having gained a wealth of experience in regulatory affairs, waste issues and secondary commodity market analysis, Robbie uses his skills internally as an operational board member and externally to influence legislation change as head of policy. He is responsible for liaising with government, regulators and industry organisations to articulate complex views and interests and to provide high-level policy expertise, industry insight and market analysis to our members.
In this brave new 'Open Scoped' world, there was always going to be an added element of excitement or nervousness surrounding the latest set of Q1 WEEE collection figures.Read More >>
Join Anna Ford in this free 20 minute webinar to discover what the market conditions are for WEEE recycling, what impacts recent policy may have on your obligations and how the UK is performing against European targets. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.Read More >>
This webinar is CPD accredited.
Defra have released the UK WEEE collections figures up to the end of Q3, and unfortunately it looks like we are falling behind on the targets – with a considerable risk of the UK missing the national targets for a second year running.Read More >>