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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR): Assisting with and contributing to the review and evaluation of evidence and case studies by the IPR WEEE Working Group - EV0469

Description
The current system for compliance with the European Directive on Waste Electrical And Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in the UK is based, for household equipment on Collective Producer Responsibility (CPR) This is a system by which all producers, existing on the market when the respective costs occur, contribute proportionately, e.g. in proportion to their respective share of the market by type of equipment. Similar ‘collective’ producer responsibility systems have been adopted by other Member States in implementing the WEEE Directive. The Directive says that Member States should also enable the adoption of Individual Producer Responsibility.
Objective
Under the former WEEE Advisory Body (WAB), reporting to BIS, an IPR Working Group was established, the aims of which were to provide BIS with a report comprising:-

1. Views from the sector on IPR, and;
2. An analysis of the benefits and consequences of implementing IPR in the UK, and;
3. A recommendation if, and if so, how, IPR could be practically and realistically implemented in the UK.
Since the role of the WAB was taken back within BIS in September 2010, the IPR Working Group continued to work on this important initiative. This contract was a partnership between Defra’s Sustainable Products and Consumers Team and the IPR Working Group. Defra provided assistance in the ongoing review and evaluation of evidence on IPR, and to the drafting of the policy briefing document for Ministers and other officials on the potential options for the UK Government in introducing Individual Producer Responsibility more fully into the UK.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : EV0469   (4321k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2012

Cost: £100,079
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Keywords
Producer Responsibility              
Producer responsibility and priority waste streams              
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Techniques & methodolgies for waste management              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production