BEIS set up a number of business working groups to develop plans for going back to work (or in some cases continuing to work) while the coronavirus threat remains. The first six were outdoor work; leisure and wellbeing; non-food retail; office work and other non-customer-facing indoor work; factory and industry-based work; and distribution and logistics. A further five looking to[...]

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The European Commission has published the final report of Eunomia’s Study to Support Preparation of the Commission’s Guidance for Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes and their Recommendations for Guidance. Eunomia have retained their proposed criteria of disassembly, repair and upgrade; spare parts availability; durability and warranty period; recycled content; and hazardous substances, but have now added ecolabels; information for repairers and[...]

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We reported last month on a proposal to spend several million pounds from the WEEE Fund to help Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) survive the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the last three years the WEEE recovery targets have been increasingly difficult to meet and suppliers have been obliged to pay more Compliance Fee as an alternative means of[...]

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As we have previously reported the European Commission’s draft Standardisation Request for washing machines, washer-dryers and dishwashers originally included material efficiency and microplastic filter requirements. These have now been removed and the Commission is expected to issue a separate Standardisation Request for those aspects at a later date. The residual request has been through interservice consultation and is awaiting final[...]

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