The purpose of the WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme Balancing System (PBS) is to deal with requests from Local Authorities to collect WEEE, for example when a Local Authority is struggling to arrange a collection due to it being not commercially attractive to do so. The PBS started as a voluntary system with most compliance schemes choosing to taking part.
Defra has recently selected a new PBS option proposed by the WEEE Scheme Forum which is effective immediately. This proposal operates predominantly the same as the pre-existing voluntary PBS and will continue to be overseen by environmental consultants Anthesis.
Robbie Staniforth, head of policy commented “It is somewhat frustrating that it has taken such an extreme measure as a mandatory system for all producer compliance schemes to take responsibility for their members’ share of uncontracted WEEE generated at Local Authorities.”