WEEE compliance fee to take Covid-19 into account

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced that any methodology for calculating the 2020 waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) compliance fee will take the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic into account.

In making its announcement on proposals for the new compliance fee methodology, Defra stated: ‘WEEE collection volumes have dropped significantly in Quarter 2 of 2020. Although we do not yet know the extent to which these cumulative effects will impact on the volume of collections for the full year, we recognise an overall decrease in WEEE collection is highly likely.

‘In recognition of this likely decrease, we expect proposals submitted for the compliance fee methodology for the 2020 compliance year to have due regard to, and take account of, the actual impacts that Covid-19 has had on collections during this compliance year. That said, it remains critically important that PCSs do all they possibly can to ensure that all WEEE available for collection is delivered into treatment facilities.’