LONDON Testing house RFI Global Services Ltd is partnering with environment consultancy Environ to deliver what they say is the first approved U.K. Producer Compliance Scheme under the pending waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE ) directive.
Environ's B2BWEEE-Scheme was approved by the Environment Agency in January and this is expected to play a major role in the working of the directive, which comes into force March 1.
All producers of electronic and electrical waste in England and Wales are required to join a PCS approved WEEE compliance scheme by March 15 under the European directive.
The companies say the scheme offers major benefits to its members in terms of service and flexibility. For members who do not have existing WEEE collection and recycling arrangements, the scheme can install a web-based solution on the company’s website.
Members who already have collection and recycling arrangements can continue to use these, subject to a short audit by RFI (Basingstoke, England).
Despite the looming deadlines, many in the industry remain confused about their obligations under the waste directive. Last month, the Department of Trade and Industry published its long awaited, 80-page WEEE Guidance Notes which tells all involved how they need to manage electrical waste and recycle products.
Grant Taylor, head of RFI’s wireless services commented: "This is an important step for RFI that will strengthen our seamless delivery of a complete product approvals solution to our customers. I believe this to be the beginning of a solid business relationship with Environ which has the potential to grow stronger as the relevant directives mature".