OECD report confirms large scale WEEE non-compliance through online marketplaces

Written by: Florence White | Published:
The report claimed online WEEE non-compliance is hindering the efficiency of WEEE systems and affecting around 5-10% of the total OECD Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) markeT

Eucolight has approved of the recent OECD report on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) which looks at online non-compliance.

The report, Extended Producer Responsibility and the impact of online sales, said recognising the online challenge faced by Producer Compliance Schemes is a “vital first step” to addressing the issue.

Eucolight has leant its support to the report’s recommendations of defining multi seller online platforms as ‘producers’ of the products that they list from non-registered companies yet still transit through their fulfilment houses.

The report claimed online WEEE non-compliance is hindering the efficiency of WEEE systems and affecting around 5-10% of the total OECD Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) market.

This typically affects small devices such as LED lamps.

Eucolight secretary general, Marc Guiraud said: “WEEE schemes, which aim to make producers responsible for the environmental impact of the products they sell, have been key in increasing recycling and collection rates.”

When producers selling online avoid their obligations, they impose an unfair burden in the rest of the system and on compliant producers. Non-declared products prevent correct calculation of collection rates, and therefore achievement of the collection targets.

Nigel Harvey, Eucolight vice president and Recolight CEO added: “The OECD report confirms the large scale of WEEE non-compliance through online marketplaces and fulfilment houses.

“The VAT system has been amended to make online fulfilment houses jointly liable for VAT payments for any product the hold in stock in the UK. A similar approach is now needed for WEEE.”


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