The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Fund (WEEE Fund) has announced its “WEEE Support Grants and Loans Package” to help support the electrical waste reuse and recycling sector as a result of the impact of the coronavirus. With many household waste recycling centres closed and other waste electrical collections reduced, the flow of electricals for reuse and recycling has been constrained.
The package will help support the continuation of the UK WEEE reuse and recycling system as the sector deals with the impact of the coronavirus. The funding will provide £5 million of interest free loans to electrical waste treatment facilities and £0.6 million of grants to charity sector reuse organisations.
Applications for the loans are open from now until end May 2020. Loans are available to all registered commercial AATFs based on the evidence they issued for the treatment they undertook in 2019.
Applicants can request the application form and associated documents by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The application process for the grants will be confirmed shortly.
In Spring we are launching a new UK-wide Recycle your Electricals Campaign which will highlight the valuable materials that are contained within our old electricals. We want to raise awareness of the fact that anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled. We are working with a number of partners to make it easier to recycle our old electricals - including in many areas collections from people’s doorsteps alongside the usual glass, paper and plastics.
Over £10.6 million has been made available to support environmental projects from money that was collected through the 2017 and 2018 WEEE Compliance Fee mechanism. The fund is being spent on a range of activities, including technical research, communications, behaviour change activities and local projects.
The compliance fee is a regulatory tool open to the Government to support the delivery of the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations. If a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) misses their target, they have an option to pay a compliance fee for the tonnage shortfall.
The law requires that the compliance fee is set at a level that encourages compliance through collection. The fee therefore complements national targets by creating an additional financial incentive to collect WEEE, because by definition it must at least reflect the true cost of recycling WEEE.