Eco-modulated fees under WEEE - what could this mean for BEAMA members
19 May 2020
The UK WEEE review is now delayed, likely to the end of the year or beginning of 2021. However, BEAMA are starting to work with DEFRA on their phase 1 work.
The UK WEEE review is now delayed, likely to the end of the year or beginning of 2021. However, BEAMA are starting to work with DEFRA on their phase 1 work. This is primarily looking at the possible structure of eco-modulated fees under WEEE, as set out in the EU Waste Framework Directive. This would be a significant step forward in providing financial incentive for product manufacturers under the existing Producer Responsibility Scheme for WEEE to develop more 'circular' products. Allowing for reduced fees where products have been designed with repairability, recyclability, durability and plastic content in mind in principle is something BEAMA are supportive of. But its not simple, and there are many trade offs and considerations to be made for different BEAMA products in the development of this new fee structure if we are to ensure this is ecnomically viable for our members, and produces the circular economy outcomes intended.
BEAMA are therefore working closely with DEFRA and other industry associations to develop an initial framework that would work for our members. We will be engaging with individual groups across BEAMA on this topic in the coming months.
See the attached briefing document for more information and background.