The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is urging the Government to re-think plans for dealing with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE). The Consortium foresees a danger that a vague and costly scheme might be implemented.
BRC members are disappointed at the Governments plan to collect a pre-defined sum of £10 million from retailers to fund WEEE collection facilities but with no plan on how this will be spent other than handing £5 million over to local authorities. BRC are calling for the Government to work together with retailers on a more focussed scheme that will benefit all and prove more cost effective.
Nigel Smith, BRC director of corporate social responsibility said, “The Government believes that creating a lump sum of money is the answer to dealing with WEEE, but this obsession with money will lead to inefficient collection systems that fail to deliver the infrastructure the UK needs.
“Retailers are keen to develop a retail compliance scheme and want to be involved in the process, but there is widespread concern that we are being bypassed in the rush to secure funding for local authorities. We can develop a flexible, value for money scheme that will achieve the aims of the directive and benefit all – but we need the support of the Government to make this a success.
“There is no benefit to anyone or to the environment in throwing money into a government created black hole.”
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