We have changed our name to Material Focus as we launch 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.