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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding (a) his Department and (b) the Environment Agency has (i) allocated to and (ii) spent on supporting charitable organisations in preparation for the implementation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment directive. (73776)

Defra has not allocated or provided funding to charities specifically in preparation for the implementation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive.

In April 2005, Defra awarded a total of £3 million to 36 community groups working with waste in England, under the Waste Partnership Fund (WPF). A number of the community projects that are being taken forward will support the reuse and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

The Environment Agency (EA) has provided some support to charitable refurbishers at a local level. Nationally, support has been given through work with Envirowise on their national programme of WEEE seminars. The EA has agreed an interim position on WEEE permitting which has saved many small-scale WEEE refurbishers the cost of obtaining a waste management licence in the period before new licensing exemptions are available.