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Best Available Treatment, Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) Statutory Guidance: Research, Review & Update - WR0229

The WEEE Directive sets out a requirement for member states to put in place a legislative requirement for those undertaking the recovery and recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) to employ BATRRT and highlights specific requirements for the removal and management of certain components contained within WEEE.

This Directive requirement has been transposed into UK legislation via the Environmental Permitting Regulations (formerly the Waste Management Licensing regulations). This places a clear regulatory requirement on those who are granted a permit to treat WEEE, that it must be undertaken in compliance with the requirements of BATRRT.

The original Defra statutory guidance was produced to provide clarity, on a more practical basis, of what is required to meet the requirements as set out in the WEEE Directive.

Having relevant, up-to-date statutory guidance in place will assist the regulators in providing a consistent and proportionate regulatory approach using a lighter touch for well run operations and tougher action on poor performers. It will also assist those who use the services of recovery operators (e.g. producer compliance schemes) in understanding the BATRRT requirements the operator should be working to.

This project has two key outputs:
1. A revised BATRRT guidance document ready for public consultation.
2. A report summarising the evidence base used to underpin the review of the BATRRT requirements. Defra will use this report to support the production of a formal impact assessment (IA) that will be published alongside the consultation on the draft guidance.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2015

Cost: £58,674
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd
Hazardous substances              
Heavy Metals              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management