The WEEE Compliance Scheme

As mobile phone and electronic device usage soars around the country, systems for recycling and take back become more important for the environment and for sustained economic growth in the industry. weee helps facilitate that initiative by providing producers, manufacturers, consumers and retailers with a mechanism for stakeholder management.

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What is the weee compliance scheme?

A WEEE compliance scheme is a producer compliance scheme or PCS. It is a cost-effective and predictable system for the collection and recycling of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment). Compliance schemes offer a straight forward and inexpensive approach to provide funds, pay for returned products, and for following environmental principles and laws.

Beyond their policy advantages, WEEE compliance schemes help to minimize costs through competitive contracting for services. They provide for convenient collection opportunities, and avoid levying additional financial burden on local governments.

The basic idea behind WEEE compliance schemes are that the organizations involved in the chain can manage the life cycle of the system. In addition, stakeholders responsibilities should be in line with their ability to implement.

WEEE compliance schemes allow manufacturers to play a pivotal role as the behind-the-scenes managers of recycling systems. They can do this through their participation in the governance of the management entity.

The way it works is that people can discard their devices at collection facilities, retailers are involved in the collection of those devices, and then logistics and recycling companies compete to provide environmentally responsible collection and processing services.

The local government's role is to act as a leader by helping to ensure all stakeholders perform their jobs and that any applicable laws are followed. All participants of the chain shoulder the burden of educating the public.

Within this structure, some manufacturers are often allowed to benefit from their ability to make more easily recycled products. They may also benefit from their ability to create internal recycling infrastructures by taking responsibility for the collection and recycling of the products they make.

Manufacturers that embark on their own recycling initiatives are often encouraged to do so. In many WEEE compliance schemes, there often exist opportunities to enhance manufacturers responsibilities for product life cycle management. Opportunities like these often provide improvements in environmental design.

Ultimately WEEE compliance schemes help everyone along the value chain. Local governments avoid costly, time consuming, and often polarizing environmental issues. Companies get to strengthen public image and often reduce costs and consumers enjoy high quality products.