The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has revealed that responses to the consultation on the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive call for a complete overhaul of existing regulation.
The consultation presented four options for consideration. The least-preferred option was continuing the status quo, with 59% of respondents rating it lowest. The two most popular options remove the ‘must buy’ market for WEEE evidence, responsible for high costs in the current system, and introduce a clear audit trail for WEEE treatment.
The potential reform has been welcomed by many within the lighting industry, as 84% of respondents supported broadening the lamp category to include LEDs. BG Energy Solutions, an energy efficient lighting controls specialist, welcomes the recognition that LED use has increased and will continue do so.
Duncan Biggins, Managing Director of the energy management firm, BG Energy Solutions and voltage optimisation company Efficient Power Solutions, says: “WEEE regulation is key to ensuring that minimising waste is upheld as a core principle of sustainability. But the legislation needs greater clarity for the sake of manufacturers, suppliers and end users.”
He adds: “With 256 responses, from a mix of producers, local governments, trade bodies, WEEE treatment facilities and waste management companies, the Government has managed to tap into a wealth of expertise. We await the outcome of the consultation with interest.”