OEMs push for more competition between WEEE compliance schemes
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
OEMs aren't happy with what they say are the growing costs of compliance with WEEE collection and recycling laws in the U.K., according to several media reports.
According to Letsrecycle, Dell, HP, Samsung, Toshiba and other members of the Joint Trade Associations have released a statement in support of changes to the WEEE Directive's implementation to reduce the cost of compliance in the U.K. Specifically, OEMs argue that the cost of compliance has not been recalculated to reflect a rise in commodity prices, and recommend measures to incentivize competition and choice among compliance schemes.
The JTA represents eight IT trade associations and four producer-led compliance programs that collectively account for over 90 percent of WEEE stewardship in the U.K.
"The government's consultation presents the U.K. with a fantastic opportunity to move to an equitable system allowing maximum freedom and choice for all stakeholders; encourage those collecting WEEE with a net value to collect more and retain more income from properly treated WEEE; and, for the first time, create a system with competition and choice at all levels," said Samsung Electronics U.K. sustainability head Kevin Considine in MRW.
According to reports in LEDs Magazine, companies are backing a proposal that would allow for comparing costs between different producer compliance schemes. The JTA is encouraging all stakeholders to submit comments proposed changes before June 21.