Recycling scheme missed its target by 700,000 lamps

A WEEE compliance scheme has lost its licence after missing its lamp collection target by 700,000 lamps, Lux can reveal.

The Environment Agency withdrew Northern Compliance’s right to manage waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) under the regulations for a failure to meet its recycling obligations in 2017.

As well as lamps, the company missed targets on other consumer and household equipment.

A freedom of information request shows the organisation – which had 191 members, including supermarket chain Asda – missed its lamp collection target by 102, 379 tonnes, equivalent to 700,000 lamps.

Northern Compliance chief Vincent Eckerman maintains that the organisation didn’t break any of Defra’s rules and that the government’s funding rules coupled with an ‘an unfair compliance management fee mechanism’  had a ‘catastrophic effect’ on his business.

‘We want to put it on the record that in 2018 all Northern Compliance’s former members, bar one exception, funded their obligations and Northern Compliance has met those obligations in full, commensurate with the funding provided.

‘Northern Compliance believes in a recycling system that is fair and importantly operates in a market that is competitive.

‘In a world where waste management is a vital environmental concern, it is important that the business of recycling remains competitive.

‘Anti-competitive behaviour does not just affect business alone, but ultimately creates less options for consumers to dispose of their recyclable goods properly.’

It’s believed that most Northern Compliance producer members have since moved into the linked WEEELight compliance scheme, which shares the ‘delivery partner’ AVC Weeeco.


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