How will Brexit affect WEEE obligations?
At present, it appears Brexit will have no bearing whatsoever on WEEE requirements and recycling technology ; on 30th March 2017, government ministers announced all EU environmental laws will apply to post-Brexit Britain.As outlined in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DEXEU)’s recent Great Repeal white paper, the ‘whole body’ of the UK environmental laws will be safeguarded in UK law prior to Brexit. That includes those adopted as a result of EU legislation, like the WEEE Directive.
Will the UK's recycling WEEE laws change in the future?
It’s possible. One of the key drivers behind the successful Brexit campaign was to give the UK greater control over its own laws. And as DEXU’s March white paper stated:
“The Great Repeal Bill will ensure that the whole body of existing EU environmental law continues to have effect in UK law. This will provide businesses and stakeholders with maximum certainty as we leave the EU. We will then have the opportunity, over time, to ensure our legislative framework is outcome driven and delivers on our overall commitment to improve the environment within a generation. The Government recognises the need to consult on future changes to the regulatory frameworks, including through parliamentary scrutiny.”
So while the WEEE Directive has been ported into UK law and will be safeguarded, the current government is clearly open to reviewing it in the future.
How to meet current and future WEEE requirements on returned items
Current laws require any WEEE item that’s refurbished for re-use to be accompanied by evidence notes from an accredited waste or reuse company. As there are no solid plans to change these laws in the future, it’s important to engage a return-to-market partner with the correct accreditations in place.As an approved Return to Market specialist EGO Technology works with our clients to meet the requirements of the WEEE legislation whilst also providing total traceability.
For more information on how EGO technology can help you meet your WEEE requirements and achieve the best values for your equipment - call our IT Recovery team on +44 (0) 1283 890990
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