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Environment Agency Confirm Waste Handling Requirement

The Environment Agency has confirmned in writing today that a Waste Handling License is required if you remove WEEE from a person's home, even if you intend to re-condition it for sale.

We don't think that this is very fair and could indeed hinder many small traders that rely on reworking and reconditioning appliances for use normally by societies more disadvantaged. Asides from which these businesses have often beentrading in this manner for many years.

Also confirmed is that you are not required to have a Waste Licence if you uplift an appliance for repair to return to the the customer's home. In the eyes of the DTI and EA the appliance does not become WEEE until the point at which it is considered to be "no longer required" by the end user. 

OFT Domestic Electrical Goods Review

The Office Of Fair Trading have announced a review in of Domestic Electrical goods including large domestic appliances. More informatino of this review can be found on the OFT's website from this link.

It is the association's intention to investigate, as fully as possible in the time that we have to respond, and report on our members views of the appliance aftercare industry, the availability of technical information  and specialist diagnostic and programming equipment that is being allegedly withheld from our members.

 

Read more: OFT Domestic Electrical Goods Review