Retailers have their last opportunity to influence the way the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive is implemented in the UK as the final round of consultation begins this week (November 24).
The directive, which forces producers to take responsibility for the collection and disposal of worn out electrical goods, comes into force in August 2005, yet widespread confusion remains over who will handle the returned goods - retailers, local authorities or third party logistics companies.
There is also a lack of clarity over who will pay for collection/ recycling or disposal and when the costs will be incurred (when goods are sold or returned).
BRC corporate social responsibility director Nigel Smith said retailers were frustrated by the slow progress: “Time is running out. By August 2004 there has to be a written text of the legislation, and the consultation doesn’t end until January.”