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EU Law: Recycling

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the impact on small businesses of registration fees for the distributor take-back scheme of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. (148743)

Valpak Retail WEEE Services Ltd. operates the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS). As part of the Government’s desire to keep the costs down for SMEs the DTS registration fees have been tiered, based on the levels of sales of electrical and electronic equipment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he made an assessment of the (a) likely cost to and (b) other implications for small businesses of depositing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in a distributor collection facility; and the consequences for small businesses as a result. (148745)

The WEEE regulations do not alter current arrangements regarding businesses, including SMEs gaining access to local authority civic amenity sites and waste transfer stations. Local authorities are not obliged to accept trade waste and a decision on whether to do so is at their discretion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the (a) financial and (b) other impacts of the implementation of the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations and the necessary registration to Valpak on smaller retailers. (148822)

A full Regulatory Impact Assessment was published alongside the WEEE Regulations and provides an estimate of the costs and benefits of the implementation on smaller retailers. Retailers of electrical and electronic equipment are required to be a member of the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) operated by Valpak Retail WEEE Services Ltd unless they offer in store take-back.

As part of the Government’s desire to keep the costs down for SMEs the DTS registration fees have been tiered, based on the levels of sales of electrical and electronic equipment.