Yesterday we submitted our response to the Defra consultation Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipments (Amendment) Regulations - Regulatory Triage Assessment. The consultation closes today, 6th December.
It has been anticipated that in the new year WEEE schemes will be required to join the Producer Compliance Scheme Balancing System (PBS).
The PBS is a system set up by compliance schemes to deal collaboratively with requests from councils for collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). It is used in the event that councils have been unable to agree with a compliance scheme to collect the material.
WRAP is undertaking its twelfth annual gate fees survey, which investigates gate fees paid by local authorities at waste treatment facilities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. As before, the key aim of the study is to increase transparency in the waste treatment market, an aim supported by LARAC. By giving local authorities better information on market prices for different services, this should help improve the efficiency of the procurement and provision of waste management services in the UK.
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is carrying out a feasibility study into how to increase the recycling rate of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). EPS is already effectively recycled from householders using take back schemes operated by large electrical equipment retailers, and the current recycling rate is 50%. EPS is a valuable material, and demand for material for recycling is increasing. It is one of the few plastics for which recycling infrastructure is expanding.
A week ago we were experiencing a conference and an awards night to remember. Austerity might be everywhere when we look for funds, but it was no-where in sight when we looked at the work of our Awards finalists – no austerity of imagination or sheer hard work was evident there!