How does it affect us?
LAST week we
started to look at the Europe and the European Parliament and how it
affects us. This week we look at the WEEE legislation.
you WEEE complainant¿
DO you own a
business? Do you know what WEEE is? Research from DHL suggests that
as few as 30% of businesses affected by the Waste Electrical
and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive have meet the deadline 15
March 2007, when all obligated companies should be registered with a
Producer Compliance Scheme.
DHL’s head of WEEE services, Paul James, has branded awareness
levels of the new legislation as “depressingly low”,
especially among small and medium sized businesses, with up to a
quarter of affected companies not even being aware of the new
regime. The WEEE legislation aims to ensure that redundant
electrical or electronic goods are disposed of responsibly.
Research from DHL’s recently approved WEEE compliance scheme
indicates that as many as 10,000 smaller UK brand owners and
importers of electrical equipment are not prepared for this new
burden on their business.
Paul James, head of WEEE services at DHL, said:- “Before
launching our own publicity campaign on the WEEE legislation, we
undertook research among smaller businesses in the UK. We were
shocked by the low levels of awareness and understanding about this
important new legislation that became UK law in January this year.
Using independent agencies to undertake research into current
awareness levels of the new law, we found that while most larger
retailers, electrical equipment manufacturers and importers were
generally well aware of the issue and progressing towards
compliance, many small and medium sized importers and manufacturers
of branded goods were largely in the dark over the WEEE regulations.
Nearly 20% of
companies we spoke to either didn’t know if they needed to register
with a compliance scheme or admitted that they would miss the
From 2007, the regulations require that producers provide for the
collection and recycling of redundant electrical equipment. The
responsibility of compliance will lie largely with retailers,
importers, manufacturers or brand owners.
Paul James continued:- “While many larger brand owners and
importers are working towards compliance, many businesses run the
risk of being left behind or facing fines simply due to ignorance.
If these businesses do not act now, they could find themselves at a
competitive disadvantage when the legislation comes fully into force
and risk heavy recycling bills, or even prosecution, for
Under the legislation, all retailers of electrical goods will be
required to provide a free ‘take-back’ service to
non-business customers who purchase a new electrical product. The
customer would either bring their old product to the store when they
buy a like item or, in the case of deliveries, the retailer may be
expected to collect the old appliance from the customer’s house. The
retailer will be responsible for covering this cost as well as
delivering the WEEE to a designated collection point, the next stage
in the logistical chain, to be recycled in accordance with the new
regulations. Alternatively, retailers can contribute towards the
funding of local authority collection infrastructure to which they
can then direct their customers.
Companies who manufacture or ‘produce’ electrical or
electronic products will be required to meet the costs of collection
of WEEE from local authority sites as well as the treatment,
recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE in accordance
with the Regulations. This involves correctly documenting the type
of WEEE, storing and handling it correctly, contracting and managing
appropriate recyclers and providing an auditable trail to the
Environment Agency to prove that the old products have been recycled
in accordance with the regulations.
To see the EC WEEE information site click
FIGURES SHOW INCREASED AIR TRAFFIC AT UK AIRPORTS IN 2006
handled 235 million passengers in 2006, an increase of nearly 3 per
cent on 2005, according to figures published today by the Civil
Aviation Authority (CAA).
Passenger traffic at the five main London airports - Heathrow,
Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City - grew by 2 per cent to 137
million passengers. The biggest increases were at Stansted, up by
1.7 million, and Gatwick, up by 1.4 million. London City Airport saw
an increase of 0.4 million, a rise of 18 per cent. At Southend
Airport, passenger numbers increased by 489 per cent to 30,000, due
to an increase of 25,000 charter passengers.
Traffic at the UK's regional airports grew by 4 per cent to a total
of 98 million passengers. Among the ten largest regional airports,
the fastest growing were Liverpool, up by 13 per cent, 0.6 million
more passengers, and Nottingham East Midlands, up by 13 per cent,
0.5 million more passengers. Manchester Airport continued to
handle the most passengers outside London, 22 million in the year.
Air transport movements (landings and take-offs of commercial
aircraft) at UK airports grew by 2 per cent from 2005 to a total of
2.4 million. At the UK's regional airports air transport movements
reached a total of 1.4 million, an increase of 1 per cent on 2005.
At the London airports there were over one million movements, with a
3 per cent increase on 2005. The biggest increases were at Stansted,
up by 12,000 (7 per cent), London City up by 7,600 (12 per cent) and
Aberdeen, up by 8,600 (9 per cent).
London and regional airports
Over the last ten
years passenger numbers at regional airports have doubled from 48
million in 1996 to 98 million in 2006. Over the same period, traffic
at the London airports has grown from 88 million passengers in 1996
to 137 million in 2006.
Routes and destinations
In 2006, passengers
at UK airports were predominantly bound for, or arriving from,
destinations in Europe. The number of flights to or from Europe
totalled 134 million, an increase of 5 million (4 per cent) on 2005.
The largest growth was on routes to Poland, up by 1.5 million
passengers (an increase of 80 per cent), Ireland, up by 0.6
million (5 per cent) and Germany, up by 0.6 million (5 per cent).
The next most popular destinations were other UK airports and North
America. There were 26 million passengers on UK domestic flights,
down by 1 per cent (0.2 million) on 2005, and 22 million North
America passengers, down by 1 per cent (0.2 million).
The total number of passengers from UK airports to all other
destinations in the world was 29 million, an increase of 10 per cent
(3 million) on 2005. The largest passenger growth was seen on routes
to the Indian subcontinent, up by 0.8 million (30 per cent), North
Africa, up by 0.7 million (25 per cent), and the Middle East, up by
0.5 million (13 per cent).
Passenger Numbers by Nationality of Carrier
The total number of
passengers carried from UK airports by non-UK EU airlines was 58
million in 2006,
up by 8 per cent from 2005's total of 53 million. This compares with
the 148 million passengers carried by UK airlines, up 2 million
since 2005; and the 30 million passengers carried by non-EU
airlines, up by 1 million.
The proportion of passengers at UK airports flying on UK scheduled
airlines fell slightly, but remained above 50 per cent for the
second consecutive year, with an increase of 2 million passengers on
2005. This contrasts with the proportion of passengers at UK
airports flying on UK charter carriers which, at 13 per cent in
2006, continued to fall. Passenger numbers on UK charter airlines
decreased by 2 per cent or 0.5 million on 2005.
Freight and Mail
The total tonnage of
freight and mail carried from UK airports in 2006 was 2.5 million
tonnes, a decrease of 3 per cent on 2005. The London airports saw an
overall decrease of 4 per cent, with Heathrow down 46,700 tonnes (3
per cent), Gatwick down 12,200 tonnes (5 per cent) and Stansted down
12,700 tonnes (5 per cent). The regional airports partially offset
this with a small overall increase of 6,500 tonnes. However, there
was a mix of movements across the regions, the biggest changes being
at Kent International, which reopened in the year and saw tonnage
increase by 13,200 (174 per cent). Nottingham East Midlands also saw
an increase of 6,100 tonnes (2 per cent). However, there were
various decreases, the main one being at Liverpool, of 4,900 tonnes
(33 per cent).