MANAGEMENT OF WASTE REFRIGERATION EQUIPMENT:
THIRD PARTY RECYCLING CREDIT SCHEME
1. The implementation of the ODS Regulation
will put a substantial economic strain on Local Authorities in
an event where retailers do not continue their take-back schemes.
Without such commercial schemes householders will look to their
local authorities who have a legal duty to take or collect household
waste, to dispose of their old fridges. Despite the obligations
on local authorities, the absence of a take-back scheme may also
result in an increase in fly tipping.
2. The requirement to extract ODS from the
insulating foam as well as the coolants will not make retailer
take-back schemes financially viable. However, take-back schemes
provide an effective and efficient collection system allowing
retailers to demonstrate good customer service and corporate social
responsibility, whilst supplying a source of second hand refrigeration
units for social charities. All stakeholders are therefore keen
to maintain the take-back scheme, particularly with a view to
the forthcoming Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive.
3. Funding for managing the units has been
assessed under the new burden's procedure. However, funding cannot
be paid directly to retailers, therefore an innovative way to
maintain the current take-back system needs to be employed.
4. The amendment of Section 52 of the Environmental
Protection Act 1990 will make payment of recycling credits, for
domestic refrigeration equipment mandatory by Waste Disposal Authorities
(WDA) to registered Third Parties.
5. Under the proposed scheme domestic refrigeration
units will be given a unit cost that will enable a payment to
be made by the WDA, therefore releasing the burden of increased
administration. No other materials or goods will qualify for the
recycling credit scheme therefore WDAs will not be inundated with
requirements for recycling credits from other materials.
6. The "fridge" scheme will follow
similar procedures (guidance will follow at a later date) that
WDA currently employ.
7. The value of the credit has been initially
placed at [£10] per unit.
8. To make a credit payment that represents
the full cost will favour one party over another hence a cost
that is uniform to all parties will have to be set.
All third parties will need to register
with a WDA to be an approved merchant for fridge credits.
All storage handlers or recyclers
must be registered separately and manage an approved validated
A fully certified audit trail will
be required by the WDA.
Certification receipts will be required
from the storage or reprocessing facilities.
Hand written receipts may be rejected
if not certified by an authorising officer.
It will be for the storage/recycler
to determine whether the fridge has been used for domestic purposes,
the WDA will have the ability to make regular inspections.
The Recycling Credit will only be
paid for refrigeration units that would have otherwise been disposed
of in the area of the WDA.
The location from which the collection(s)
are made must be clearly stated ie street name, company etc.
Third Parties operating within different
Waste Disposal Authorities will need to be registered with each
The minimum claim will be determined
by the respective WDA.
False information supplied to the
Registration Officer could result in . . .
WDA will perform the following functions:
Compilation and maintenance of approved
register of Third Party Collectors, Merchants and Recycling Processors;
Payment of credits to registered
fridge third party collectors; and
Auditing and monitoring of payments.
(Final certification may be presented by an
approved validated storage facility (Annex IIBRecovery
Operations Council Regulation 91/156/EEC) or an approved Recycler.)
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