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EU Law: Recycling

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has received representations opposing the producer compliance schemes requirement under the waste electrical and electronic equipment directive for all participants to be jointly and severally liable for other businesses within the scheme. (148744)

The WEEE regulations prevent a producer from being excluded from a scheme part way through a compliance period. Producer compliance schemes have made representations on this in relation to a situation when a producer fails to pay its membership fees and thus the scheme has the obligation but has not received the necessary payments from the producer to cover the associated costs. However producer compliance schemes are required under the regulations to ensure that they have sufficient resources to fully discharge the obligation of their members. If a producer does not adhere to membership requirements, such as payment of fees etc., the scheme can use existing debt recovery regulations to pursue the producer.