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 will be 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.
WEEE Funds will be available for disbursement to organisations, including Local Authorities, in accordance with the Defra Guidance:
To support higher levels of collection, recycling and re-use for household WEEE.
Initiatives designed to assist the UK to meet its obligations under the WEEE Directive.
Other projects that support the strategic aims of the WEEE Directive.
Panel(s) with expert participants from Defra and the WEEE stakeholder community will assess the project submissions and select the successful proposals.