For the last 18 months, there has been extensive discussion on the impact of Persistant Organic Pollutants in WEEE. A project headed up by ICER carried out testing on a range of products which has led to the conclusion by the EA that other than non-cooling LDA, pretty much all WEEE must be classed as hazardous unless an assessment has been made that can demonstrate otherwise.
Back in June, the EA published Guidance on how WEEE and AATF treatment outputs should be classified in relation to POPs.
They have now sent a letter to over a thousand operators that handle WEEE to explain the requirements and their enforcement position.
The other Agencies are expected to provide similar guidance, but there are nation differences that will affect some of the positions. For instance, the EA require dual-EWC coding, but SEPA does not allow this.