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Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his policy is on responsibility for the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment where a company providing a membership scheme for that service goes into liquidation prior to the relevant equipment reaching end of life. (139659)

Under the WEEE Regulations (Regulation 10) where a scheme no longer exists the obligations to finance the collection treatment and reprocessing of WEEE will revert to the producer. The producer will have 28 days to join an alternative scheme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the (a) annual and (b) membership fees charged to companies by the Department in connection with the enforcement of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. (139660)

Under the WEEE Regulations producers of electrical and electronic equipment are required to register with the environment authorities. These fees are tiered to represent the size of the producer, to ensure the cost to SMEs are proportionate. These fees do not cover enforcement costs which are met by the Department of Trade and Industry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what provisions the Department has negotiated with companies establishing membership schemes with advance fees for the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment to ensure that funds will remain available to meet the costs of disposal when the equipment reaches end of life. (139661)

Under the WEEE Regulations the issue of membership fees is a commercial matter between Producer Compliance Schemes and producers. Producer Compliance Schemes are however required under the regulations to ensure they have sufficient resources to fully discharge the obligation of their members.