Changes in WEEE Market Demand hits Council Collections
14th July 2016
Recent evidence shows that there has been a fall in the demand for WEEE, resulting in a impact upon the collection of materials from local authority civic amenity sites.
As a consequence of this, Bexley is believed to be the first local authority to implement ‘Regulation 34’ under the amended WEEE regulations. The county has requested that waste management firm Veolia now collect their materials. What Regulation 34 ultimately means is that a WEEE compliance scheme are enforced to go out and pick up the materials from a councils site if the authority has been unable to secure a contract with a scheme to clear the material. It is understood that Veolia have been collecting their materials, but have now pulled out and announced that they will be discontinuing their service for them.
The move by Bexley highlights the fact that there may well be wider shifts and up-turns in the WEEE market, which have arisen as a result of changes being made to the WEEE regulations, brought into effect in 2014.
Under the regulations, local councils are able to offer free access points for the disposal of WEEE for the public, in the form of civic amenity sites, which is then collected by compliance schemes under a no-obligation ruling.
Before the changes were made, compliance schemes had a greater scope of WEEE to collect, that meant they were regularly collecting more WEEE than they needed to meet their targets, which the companies were then able to sell on to competing schemes looking to make a profit.
As a result, local authority collection contracts were very widely sought after, as they provided as guaranteed source of WEEE tonnages.
As Will Date reports for letsrecycle; “since the changes to the regulations were brought in at the start of 2014, schemes which are unable to collect enough evidence to meet their members’ obligations no longer have to secure evidence from those with a surplus, and can instead opt to pay a compliance fee to meet the targets. The compliance fee is essentially a penalty payment made for any shortfall in collections. It also means that broadly speaking, schemes who over collect could be unable to cover their cost of collection and treatment of the material through the sale of evidence as the schemes with a shortfall don’t have to buy the over collected material”.
A number of WEEE compliance schemes have now shifted their dynamics around as a result of the WEEE evidence. Previously, they had incentives and were encouraged to amass collection contracts with the local councils, as they could seek to gain profit from selling on surplus evidence. Now, WEEE compliance schemes may find themselves fighting to get hold of the civic amenity site contracts.
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