B2BWEEE-Scheme

The first fully government-approved WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme for Business-to-Business WEEE Producers in the UK.

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UK WEEE Obligations

Regulations require manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) to register as a WEEE ‘producer’, join an approved Compliance Scheme and provide arrangements for the collection and recycling of WEEE (if placing more than 5 tonnes EEE on the UK market).

UK WEEE Services

Our WEEE compliance services are flexible to your needs. You can use our novel web-based system on your company's website to handle WEEE collection and recycling; or you can continue to use your existing arrangements if you already have procedures in place.

Services

B2BWEEE-Scheme provides all the services required in order for its members to fulfil their legal obligations under the UK WEEE Regulations. B2BWEEE-Scheme:

  • registers its members as producers in the UK with the Environment Agency
  • reports to the Environment Agency the amounts and types of EEE put on the UK market each quarter by its members reports quarterly to the Environment Agency the amounts and types of WEEE collected and recycled and the number of units made available for reuse
  • declares compliance annually to the Environment Agency against its obligations for the collection, treatment, recycling, and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE that arises from its members' sales of EEE, including compliance with the recovery and recycling targets
  • provides evidence notes from approved treatment facilities to the Environment Agency in support of these declarations

UK producers and foreign manufacturers can register through thinkstep's B2BWEEE-Scheme. If you manufacture or rebrand EEE and are not legally established as a business in the UK, you can register as a producer on behalf of your distributors, so that they can continue selling your products in the UK. You must provide your distributors with your WEEE registration number.

Flexibility of member options

Under the UK WEEE Regulations, a Producer Compliance Scheme may arrange the collection, treatment, recycling and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE on behalf of its members. Alternatively, a member company may provide its own WEEE collection and recycling arrangements as long as they report the collection, recovery and recycling data to their Producer Compliance Scheme.

Member Options

Option 1: The Scheme handles registration and reporting; members make their own arrangements for collection, treatment, and recycling of WEEE

thinkstep's B2BWEEE-Scheme offers members the option of arranging the collection, treatment, recycling and environmentally sound disposal of their WEEE themselves. A major benefit of this approach is that members can continue to use any existing arrangements they may have with treatment facilities and recyclers.

The UK WEEE Regulations require Producer Compliance Schemes that allow members to organise their own recycling to: "demonstrate that individual producer members will themselves arrange the collection, treatment and recycling of WEEE". In order to meet this requirement, we will carry out an audit of the your arrangements as a condition of membership. The extent and depth of the audit will vary depending on the size, complexity, and basis of the member's arrangements. Audits may be waived at thinkstep's discretion.

Prospective members wishing to use their own planned or existing collection and recycling arrangements should contact us as soon as possible so that the suitability of the arrangements can be confirmed in good time.

Option 2: The Scheme handles registration and reporting and provides a system for managing collection, treatment, and recycling of WEEE

As well as handling registration and reporting, our B2BWEEE web-based compliance management system manages and communicates WEEE collection and recycling arrangements to business end-users in the UK. This system also enables members to manage the collection, treatment and recycling in all EU Member States in which they have an obligation - not just the UK. Members using the system can use their recycler of choice or thinkstep's recommended Pan-European recycler.

A major benefit of either option is that members can contract directly with waste handlers and recyclers, and so avoid the management costs levied by other schemes for managing this activity. Members are also encouraged to negotiate with their business end-users to bear the cost of the collection and transport of the WEEE to the treatment facility.

Membership Fees

Companies must join an approved Producer Compliance Scheme within 28 days of putting Electrical and Electronic Equipment on the market in the UK.

Fees associated with thinkstep's Producer Compliance Scheme include:

  • Start-up costs to establish suitable WEEE collection, treatment and recycling arrangements Annual fees which cover membership from Jan 1, 2020
  • These costs are discussed in the following sections. The costs for different membership options for UK companies are summarised in a cost table.

Start-up costs (to establish suitable WEEE collection, treatment and recycling arrangements)

For companies who do not have any arrangements in place, thinkstep provides a web-based system for WEEE collection, treatment, and recovery (see www.b2bweee.com for details). This includes a single contract to cover WEEE recycling and data reporting (tonnes of WEEE collected and percentage recycled and recovered) across EU Member States.

Companies who wish to use their own arrangements for WEEE collection, treatment, and recycling should request an audit from thinkstep as early as possible to check the suitability of their arrangements. thinkstep's audit report will identify any actions that would be required to upgrade these arrangements to meet requirements for the applicant to join thinkstep's Producer Compliance Scheme. This should not be left to the last minute!

Suitable WEEE collection, treatment, and recycling arrangements must be in place before the end of the compliance period in which the company becomes a member of the scheme.

Product / Service thinkstep's arrangements Own arrangements
Audit of Member's own arrangements to assess compliance with WEEE regulations and waste management regulations n/a £1,000 to £4,000 depending on size, complexity and basis of Member's arrangements
thinkstep's B2BWEEE web-based compliance management system £3,000 for web platform, WEEE consulting, and report plus £1,000 per country for WEEE collection, treatment and recycling arrangements.
For example, a web-based system providing WEEE collection, treatment and recycling arrangements for the UK only would cost £4,000 whereas a system to cover UK, Germany, and France would cost £6,000.
n/a

Recycling arrangements for thinkstep's web-based system

As part of thinkstep's B2BWEEE web-based compliance management system, thinkstep provides a single contract to cover WEEE recycling and annual data reporting in as many EU Member States as the company may require. The costs comprise:

  • The actual costs to recycle the actual quantity of WEEE which is sent back to the recycler each year in each Member State. The recycling cost is typically around £110 per tonne of WEEE (varies depending on type of equipment and country and does not include transport)
  • The cost for annual data reporting by the recycler (tonnes of WEEE received at the recycler and percentage recycled and recovered to demonstrate that the WEEE Directive targets have been met). This is a fixed annual cost of £335 per country per year.
  • We recommend that the producer should insert a clause into its Sales Terms and Conditions which requires the end-user to pay for collection and transportation costs. However, if the producer would prefer to pay for collection and transportation costs itself, then the typical transport cost is £20 per shipment.

Annual fees (covers membership from Jan 1, 2020)

The annual membership fee must be paid by 1 January each year for membership during that same year.

The annual membership fee covers compliance reporting and payment of annual producer registration charges to the Environment Agency.

VAT / Turnover of Company thinkstep's arrangements Own arrangements
Members who place less than 5 tonnes of EEE on the UK market each year (small producer) £1,140 £1,140
Members who place more than 5 tonnes of EEE on the UK market each year and are based overseas (large overseas producer) £1,860 £1,860
Members who place more than 5 tonnes of EEE on the UK market each year and have a UK registered business address (large producer) £1,860 £1,860
Annual Surveillance Questionnaire to identify if there have been any changes to your WEEE collection and recycling arrangements n/a £150
Annual update to ensure Member's WEEE website continues to comply with waste management legislation Annual fee is based on 10% of our initial costs. For example, annual update fee for a WEEE website for UK only would be £400 per year, whereas the annual update fee for a WEEE website to cover UK, France and Germany would be £600 per year. n/a

At the start of each compliance period thinkstep will issue a surveillance questionnaire which requires you to identify if there have been any changes to your WEEE collection and recycling arrangements. The charge for this annual surveillance questionnaire is £150. If your statements on the questionnaire indicate that there have been changes to your collection and recycling arrangements, thinkstep will agree a fee with you to audit these changes to assess compliance with the WEEE Regulations and waste management legislation.


Example fees for a Member with a registered office in the U.K. and placing more than 5 tonnes of EEE on the UK market, who wants a thinkstep web-based system for the UK only

Costs in 2020

Item Cost in 2020
thinkstep web-based system for the UK only £4,000
Recycling cost £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)
Data reporting by recycler for UK only £335
Joining fee for membership of UK Producer Compliance Scheme £1,860
Total cost in 2020 £6,195 plus £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)

Annual costs from 2021

Item Annual cost
Annual update of web-based system for the UK only £400
Recycling cost £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)
Data reporting by recycler for UK only £335
Joining fee for membership of UK Producer Compliance Scheme £1,860
Total annual cost £2,595 plus £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)

Example fees for a Member with a registered office in the U.K. and placing more than 5 tonnes of EEE on the UK market, who wants an thinkstep web-based system for the UK, France and Germany

Costs in 2020

Item Cost in 2020
thinkstep web-based system for the UK, France and Germany £6,000
Recycling cost £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)
Data reporting by recycler for UK, France and Germany £1,005
Joining fee for membership of UK Producer Compliance Scheme £1,860
Total cost in 2020 £8,865 plus £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)

Annual costs from 2021

Item Annual cost
Annual update of web-based system for the UK, France and Germany £600
Recycling cost £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)
Data reporting by recycler for the UK, France and Germany £1,005
Joining fee for membership of UK Producer Compliance Scheme £1,860
Total annual cost £3,465 plus £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)

Please Note all figures are quoted ex-VAT

Membership Rules

Rules for members using B2BWEEE-Scheme's arrangements for WEEE collection, treatment and recoveryVersion 5.01, 3rd August 2015 Open as PDF

1Interpretation
1.1

In these Rules, unless the context requires otherwise:

"AATF" (Approved Authorised Treatment Facility) has the meaning given in the Regulations;

"B2BWEEE-Scheme" means the scheme established by thinkstep for the purposes of the Regulations and governed by these Rules;

"Compliance Period" has the meaning given in the Regulations;

"EEE" (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) has the meaning given in the Regulations;

"thinkstep" means thinkstep compliance limited, a company registered in England and Wales with number 9701701 whose registered office is at 73 Watling Street, London EC4M 9BJ;

"Member" means a member of B2BWEEE-Scheme;

"Regulations" means The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (Statutory Instrument 2006 N0.3289), and any reference to a "Regulation" shall be construed accordingly;

"M.D.J. Light Bros" means M.D.J. Light Brothers (S.P.) Limited, a company registered in England and Wales with number 01028890 whose registered office is at 30-34 North Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1DN; and

"WEEE" (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) has the meaning given in the Regulations.

1.2

References in these Rules to the Regulations or any other legislation shall include references to such Regulations or legislation as amended, consolidated or supplemented from time to time.

2Objectives
2.1

These Rules set out the terms for participation in thinkstep's B2BWEEE-Scheme. thinkstep reserves the right to vary these Rules at any time with immediate effect.

2.2

The objectives of B2BWEEE-Scheme are:

  • To register Members who are producers of non-household WEEE as required by Regulation 19 and including the information specified in Schedule 6 of the Regulations;
  • To facilitate arrangements under Regulations 9(2) and 23(2) for financing the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE for which the Member is responsible under Regulation 9(1), as required by Regulation 23;
  • To facilitate arrangements with M.D.J. Light Bros for Members to prioritise the reuse of their whole products in accordance with Regulation 24;
  • To report the amount in tonnes of Members' WEEE delivered to M.D.J. Light Bros for treatment and the amount in units made available for reuse in accordance with Regulation 27;
  • To report the amount in tonnes of non-household EEE in each Category that each Member has put onto the market in the UK in each Compliance Period, in accordance with Regulation 28; and
  • To declare compliance to the Environment Agency following the end of each Compliance Period, as required by Regulation 29. The declaration of compliance shall include the information set out in Schedule 5 Part 2 and be accompanied by copies of evidence notes in respect of the relevant Compliance Period.
3Admission of Members
3.1

Applicants for membership must complete an on-line application form on www.b2bweee-scheme.com. This form requires the producer to confirm that they have read and agree to abide by all of the Member Rules of B2BWEEE-Scheme. A copy of these Member Rules is posted on www.b2bweee-scheme.com.

3.2

When a producer submits an application to join B2BWEEE-Scheme on www.b2bweee-scheme.com, a document containing the producer's membership details is generated in pdf format. The producer must print this off, sign it and return it to B2BWEEE-Scheme together with the supporting documentation requested.

3.3

Membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme is open to producers of non-household WEEE only. Membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme is not open to producers whose products comprise or contain cathode ray tubes, gas discharge lamps, cooling appliances containing refrigerants, spillable lead-acid batteries marked as hazardous, or mercury switches.

3.4

As part of the on-line application form, applicants must provide a brief justification that their products are non-household WEEE. Membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme is not open to producers whose products are ‘dual use' (i.e. products designed to be used in both household and non-household applications)

3.5

Admission of new Members to B2BWEEE-Scheme shall be at the discretion of thinkstep.

3.6

A producer will be entitled to the benefits of membership and shall be bound by these Rules on receipt of notification by thinkstep that the Member's application has been accepted. thinkstep will then issue an invoice for the relevant membership fees as published by thinkstep from time to time.

4Duration of Membership
4.1

Membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme is for whole Compliance Periods only. Except as provided in Rule 11 (Termination of Membership), Members can terminate their membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme only with effect from the end of a Compliance Period and must give at least 1 month's prior notice in writing.

5Web-based System to Manage and Communicate WEEE Collection and Recycling
5.1

By participating in B2BWEEE-Scheme, each Member agrees to engage thinkstep to supply internet content regarding the management and communication of WEEE collection and recycling arrangements to business end-users in the UK. That supply will be subject to thinkstep's standard terms and conditions as in force from time to time. See www.b2bweee.com for details.

5.2

It is each Member's responsibility to ensure that such internet content is made available on the Member's website [at all times.]

6Members' Arrangements with M.D.J. Light Bros
6.1

Each Member must enter into and maintain in force an agreement with M.D.J. Light Bros (the thinkstep-specified AATF) to provide treatment and recovery services for the WEEE for which the Member is responsible under Regulation 9(1).

6.2

As part of its contract with M.D.J. Light Bros, the Member shall instruct M.D.J. Light Bros to report data to B2BWEEE-Scheme on the reuse, treatment and recovery of WEEE in each quarter of a relevant Compliance Period. The Member must require M.D.J. Light Bros to report this data to B2BWEEE-Scheme by the 15th day of the month following the end of each quarter.

6.3

As part of its contract with M.D.J. Light Bros, the Member shall instruct M.D.J. Light Bros to provide copies of evidence notes to B2BWEEE-Scheme covering the treatment and recovery of WEEE in each relevant Compliance Period. The Member must require M.D.J. Light Bros to provide copies of these evidence notes to B2BWEEE-Scheme by 1 April of the year immediately following the relevant Compliance Period.

7Members' Responsibility for Collection and Recycling of WEEE
7.1

As provided for in Regulation 9 (2), the Member shall either:

  • include and enforce a clause in all of its sales terms and conditions which requires the end-user to arrange and pay for the costs of collection and transportation of WEEE to the recycler specified by the Member. The Member shall include the standard clause provided in Addendum 1 of these Rules, or shall include an equivalent clause which shall be subject to approval by thinkstep, or
  • where such agreements are not or cannot be made, the Member undertakes to pay for the costs of collection and transportation to M.D.J. Light Bros of WEEE for which the Member is responsible under Regulation 9 (1).
7.2

As provided for in Regulation 23 (2), the Member shall provide arrangements to end-users of EEE that it has put on the market such that all costs for collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE for which the Member is responsible under Regulation 9 (1) are financed by the Member and / or end-users.

7.3

A Member who did not have the contractual arrangements specified in Rule 7.1(a) in place with end-users of its EEE prior to 13 August 2005 is responsible for financing all of the costs of collection, treatment and recycling of any new WEEE arising from EEE put on the market between 13 August 2005 and the date that the Member establishes contractual arrangements with end-users.

7.4

The Member shall indemnify and keep indemnified and hold harmless thinkstep from and against all costs (including the cost of enforcement of these Rules), claims, liabilities and expenses which thinkstep incurs or suffers as a result of a direct or indirect breach or negligent performance or failure in performance by the Member of its obligations under Rules 7.1, 7.2 or 7.3.

7.5

The Member shall keep records in writing of the amount in tonnes of non-household EEE in each Category which he has put on the market in the UK in each Compliance Period, or part of a Compliance Period, in accordance with Regulation 13. The Member shall keep these records for a period of at least four years commencing on the date on which any such record is made and shall be made available to thinkstep or the Environment Agency on demand.

8Information to be provided to thinkstep
8.1

Each Member shall provide to thinkstep:

  • The name and address of the registered office or, if the Member is not a body registered in the UK, the principal place of business
  • The Member's business name, if different from any name mentioned in (i) above
  • Where a Member is a partnership, the names of the partners
8.2

In accordance with Schedule 6 (11) of the Regulations, the Member shall provide an electronic copy of the producer identification mark that appears or shall appear on Member's products in compliance with Regulation 16.

8.3

Previously registered Members shall provide their EEE producer registration number.

8.4

Each Member shall provide to thinkstep the amount in tonnes of non-household EEE in each Category that the Member has put onto the market in the UK in each Compliance Period, by the 15th January following the previous year.

8.5

Each Member shall ensure that all information provided to meet the requirements in Rules 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 and 8.4 is as accurate as reasonably possible and is in writing signed by

  • A director or company secretary if the Member is a body registered in the UK;
  • A partner if the Member is a partnership;
  • The individual who has control or management of the body if the Member is not a body registered in the UK;
  • If the Member is an individual, that individual.
8.6

The Member shall inform thinkstep in writing of any material change in any of the information provided to B2BWEEE-Scheme within 28 days of the occurrence of any such change, as required under Regulation 11 (2) (b).

9thinkstep's Obligations
9.1

Based on the information provided to it by M.D.J. Light Bros in respect of each Member, thinkstep shall report the amount in tonnes of Members' WEEE delivered to M.D.J. Light Bros for treatment and the amount in units made available for reuse in accordance with Regulation 27.

9.2

Based on the information provided to each by each Member, thinkstep shall report the amount in tonnes of non-household EEE in each Category that each Member has put onto the market in the UK in each Compliance Period, in accordance with Regulation 28.

9.3

In respect of each Member, thinkstep shall declare compliance to the Environment Agency following the end of each Compliance Period, as required by Regulation 29. The declaration of compliance shall include the information set out in Schedule 5 Part 2 and be accompanied by copies of evidence notes in respect of the relevant Compliance Period.

10Confidential information
10.1

During the course of discussions between a Member and thinkstep, each party might acquire information of a confidential nature relating to the other's business arrangements (such information, when clearly designated as confidential, being hereinafter referred to as the "Information".) thinkstep and the Member agree not to disclose this Information to any third party, save for Information that thinkstep is required to report to the Environment Agency as detailed in these Rules or Information which falls into the public domain otherwise than as a consequence of the breach by either party of its obligations under these Rules or Information which falls into the public domain otherwise than as a consequence of the breach by either party of its obligations under these Rules.

11Termination of Membership
11.1

thinkstep reserves the right to terminate a Member's membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme at any time on 10 days' written notice if that Member fails to meet payments as they fall due, or to terminate without notice if that Member is unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or becomes bankrupt, or if a trustee, receiver, administrative receiver or similar officer is appointed in respect of any or all of the business of the client. This termination shall take effect at the end of the Compliance Period during which the termination is made.

11.2

If a Member breaches any of these Rules and (in the case of a breach capable of remedy) fails to remedy such breach within 10 days of notification in writing of the breach from thinkstep, the Member shall be deemed to have terminated membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme. This termination shall take effect at the end of the Compliance Period during which the termination is made.

11.3

Immediately upon the termination of a membership under Rule 11.1 or 11.2, thinkstep shall report the Member to the Environment Agency.

11.4

Where an act or default by a Member has resulted in the commission by thinkstep of an offence under the Regulations, thinkstep shall provide all available information to the Environment Agency regarding the act or default by the Member.

11.5

Any Member shall, upon ceasing to be a Member of B2BWEEE-Scheme, forfeit all rights to and claim to a refund of its registration and/or annual membership fees.

11.6

B2BWEEE-Scheme shall not be liable for any loss (including indirect or consequential), damage, delay, loss of market, costs or expenses of whatsoever nature or kind and howsoever sustained or occasioned by the Member by virtue of the termination of a membership under Rule 11.1 or 11.2.

11.7

Termination of a Member's membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme for any reason will not affect that Member's ongoing obligations under Rules 7.1 to 7.5 inclusive in respect of EEE put on the market on or prior to the date of termination.

12Financial Matters
12.1

Each member shall pay the applicable membership fees at the rates published by thinkstep from time to time.

12.2

All membership fees and other sums payable by Members to thinkstep shall be paid within 30 days of receipt of the relevant invoice by the Member.

12.3

All sums quoted or charged are exclusive of VAT. The Member shall be responsible for paying VAT.

13Agreement
13.1

Members are bound by these Rules which constitute an agreement under Regulation 23(2).

13.2

The Member acknowledges that it is not contracting hereunder as a consumer.

13.3

The failure of thinkstep to insist in any one or more instances upon the performance of any provisions of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or relinquishment of thinkstep's right to future performance of such provision and the Member's obligation in respect of such a future performance shall continue in full force and effect.

13.4

The various provisions of this Agreement are severable and if any provision is held to be invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction then such invalidity or unenforceability shall not effect the remaining provisions of these Rules.

13.5

No other person who is not a party to this Agreement has any rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce, or to enjoy the benefit of, any term of these Rules.

13.6

These Rules, together with thinkstep's standard terms and conditions as referred to in Rule 5.1, contain the entire agreement between the parties regarding its subject matter and supersedes all prior representations, agreements, arrangements, promises and undertakings made or existing between the parties, whether written or oral. All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by law are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from these Rules.

13.7

These Rules shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Addendum 1. Standard clause for insertion in sales terms and conditions for all sales to customers

The Buyer shall exclusively finance the collection and delivery of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to the recycler's address specified by the Seller, as required by the Directive 2002/96/EC and applicable national law.

This clause applies to all new electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) put on the market by the Seller after 13 August 2005 (known as new WEEE), as well as all EEE put on the market before 13 August 2005 (known as historic WEEE) which becomes waste as a result of a purchase of new EEE from the Seller after August 2005.

If the Buyer resells the EEE to a Customer, the Buyer will ensure that this clause in its entirety is included in the contractual arrangements governing the sale to the Customer. The Buyer agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified and hold harmless the Seller and thinkstep (as the operator of B2BWEEE-Scheme) from and against all costs and expenses which thinkstep or the Seller incurs or suffers, as a result of a direct or indirect breach or negligent performance or failure in performance by the Buyer of its obligations in this clause.


Rules for members using their own arrangements for WEEE collection, treatment and recovery Version 5.01, 3rd August 2015 Open as PDF


1Interpretation
1.1

In these Rules, unless the context requires otherwise:

"AATF" (Approved Authorised Treatment Facility) has the meaning given in the Regulations;

"B2BWEEE-Scheme" means the scheme established by thinkstep for the purposes of the Regulations and governed by these Rules;

"Compliance Period" has the meaning given in the Regulations;

"EEE" (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) has the meaning given in the Regulations;

"thinkstep" means thinkstep compliance limited, a company registered in England and Wales with number 9701701 whose registered office is at 73 Watling Street, London EC4M 9BJ;

"Member" means a member of B2BWEEE-Scheme;

"Regulations" means The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (Statutory Instrument 2006 N0.3289), and any reference to a "Regulation" shall be construed accordingly;

"WEEE" (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) has the meaning given in the Regulations.

1.2

References in these Rules to the Regulations or any other legislation shall include references to such Regulations or legislation as amended, consolidated or supplemented from time to time.

2Objectives
2.1

These Rules set out the terms for participation in thinkstep's B2BWEEE-Scheme. thinkstep reserves the right to vary these Rules at any time with immediate effect.

2.2

The objectives of B2BWEEE-Scheme are:

  • To register Members who are producers of non-household WEEE as required by Regulation 19 and including the information specified in Schedule 6 of the Regulations;
  • To ensure arrangements are made by Members under Regulations 9(2) and 23(2) for financing the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE for which the Member is responsible under Regulation 9(1), as required by Regulation 23;
  • To ensure that systems are set up by Members to prioritise the reuse of their whole products in accordance with Regulation 24;
  • To report the amount in tonnes of Members' WEEE delivered to an AATF for treatment and the amount in units made available for reuse in accordance with Regulation 27;
  • To report the amount in tonnes of non-household EEE in each Category that each Member has put onto the market in the UK in each Compliance Period, in accordance with Regulation 28; and
  • To declare compliance to the Environment Agency following the end of each Compliance Period, as required by Regulation 29. The declaration of compliance shall include the information set out in Schedule 5 Part 2 and be accompanied by copies of evidence notes in respect of the relevant Compliance Period.
3Admission of Members
3.1

Applicants for membership must complete an on-line application form on www.b2bweee-scheme.com. This form requires the producer to confirm that they have read and agree to abide by all of the Member Rules of B2BWEEE-Scheme. A copy of these Member Rules is posted on www.b2bweee-scheme.com.

3.2

When a producer submits an application to join B2BWEEE-Scheme on www.b2bweee-scheme.com, a document containing the producer's membership details is generated in pdf format. The producer must print this off, sign it and return it to B2BWEEE-Scheme together with the supporting documentation requested.

3.3

Membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme is open to producers of non-household WEEE only. Membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme is not open to producers whose products comprise or contain cathode ray tubes, gas discharge lamps, cooling appliances containing refrigerants, spillable lead-acid batteries marked as hazardous, or mercury switches.

3.4

As part of the on-line application form, applicants must provide a brief justification that their products are non-household WEEE. Membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme is not open to producers whose products are ‘dual use' (i.e. products designed to be used in both household and non-household applications)

3.5

Admission of new Members to B2BWEEE-Scheme shall be at the discretion of thinkstep.

3.6

A producer will be entitled to the benefits of membership and shall be bound by these Rules on receipt of notification by thinkstep that the Member's application has been accepted. thinkstep will then issue an invoice for the relevant membership fees as published by thinkstep from time to time.

4Duration of Membership
4.1

Membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme is for whole Compliance Periods only. Except as provided in Rule 11 (Termination of Membership), Members can terminate their membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme only with effect from the end of a Compliance Period and must give at least 1 month's prior notice in writing.

5Member's arrangements for Collection, Recycling and Recovery of WEEE
5.1

The Member must enter into and maintain in force an agreement with an AATF to provide treatment and recovery services for the WEEE for which the Member is responsible under Regulation 9 (1). The Member shall provide details of the AATF to B2BWEEE-Scheme.

5.2

As part of its contract with the AATF, the Member shall instruct the AATF to report data to B2BWEEE-Scheme on the reuse, treatment and recovery of WEEE in each quarter of a relevant Compliance Period. The Member must require the AATF to report this data to B2BWEEE-Scheme by the 15th day of the month following the end of each quarter.

5.3

As part of its contract with the AATF, the Member shall instruct the AATF to provide copies of evidence notes to B2BWEEE-Scheme covering the treatment and recovery of WEEE in each relevant Compliance Period. The Member must require the AATF to post evidence notes to the WEEE settlement centre within one month after each quarter so that B2BWEEE-Scheme can reconcile the evidence notes with the WEEE returns each quarter. The Member must require the AATF to make changes to evidence notes on the WEEE settlement centre within one month of these changes being identified by B2BWEEE-Scheme and agreed by the Member.

5.4

As provided for in Regulation 23 (2), the Member undertakes to provide arrangements to end-users of EEE that it has put on the market such that all costs for collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE for which the Member is responsible under Regulation 9 (1) are financed by the Member and / or end-users.

5.5

The Member shall indemnify and keep indemnified and hold harmless thinkstep from and against all costs (including the cost of enforcement of these Rules), claims, liabilities and expenses which thinkstep incurs or suffers as a result of a direct or indirect breach or negligent performance or failure in performance by the Member of its obligations in Rule 5.4.

5.6

For a Member whose own arrangements for collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE have been audited and approved by thinkstep, the Member shall inform thinkstep of any change to these arrangements within 10 days (for example, a change in AATF or a change in collection arrangements). Failure to inform thinkstep of a change to the Member’s own arrangements for collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE shall constitute a breach of these Rules and the Member shall be deemed to have terminated its Membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme under Rule 9.2.

5.7

The Member shall keep records in writing of the amount in tonnes of non-household EEE in each Category which he has put on the market in the UK in each Compliance Period, or part of a Compliance Period, in accordance with Regulation 13. The Member shall keep these records for a period of at least four years commencing on the date on which any such record is made and shall be made available to the Environment Agency on demand.

6Information to be provided to thinkstep
6.1

Each Member shall provide to thinkstep:

  • The name and address of the registered office or, if the Member is not a body registered in the UK, the principal place of business
  • The Member's business name, if different from any name mentioned in (i) above
  • Where a Member is a partnership, the names of the partners
6.2

In accordance with Schedule 6 (11) of the Regulations, the Member shall provide an electronic copy of the producer identification mark that appears or shall appear on Member's products in compliance with Regulation 16.

6.3

Previously registered Members shall provide their EEE producer registration number.

6.4

Each Member shall provide to thinkstep the amount in tonnes of non-household EEE in each Category that the Member has put onto the market in the UK in each Compliance Period, by the 15th January following the previous year.

6.5

Each Member shall ensure that all information provided to meet the requirements in Rules 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 and 8.4 is as accurate as reasonably possible and is in writing signed by

  • A director or company secretary if the Member is a body registered in the UK;
  • A partner if the Member is a partnership;
  • The individual who has control or management of the body if the Member is not a body registered in the UK;
  • If the Member is an individual, that individual.
6.6

The Member shall inform thinkstep in writing of any material change in any of the information provided to B2BWEEE-Scheme within 28 days of the occurrence of any such change, as required under Regulation 11 (2) (b).

7thinkstep's Obligations
7.1

Based on the information provided to it by the AATF appointed by the Member for the purposes of Rule 5.1, 5.2. and 5.3, thinkstep shall report the amount in tonnes of Members’ WEEE delivered to the AATF for treatment and the amount in units made available for reuse in accordance with Regulation 27.

7.2

Based on the information provided to each by each Member, thinkstep shall report the amount in tonnes of non-household EEE in each Category that each Member has put onto the market in the UK in each Compliance Period, in accordance with Regulation 28.

7.3

In respect of each Member, thinkstep shall declare compliance to the Environment Agency following the end of each Compliance Period, as required by Regulation 29. The declaration of compliance shall include the information set out in Schedule 5 Part 2 and be accompanied by copies of evidence notes in respect of the relevant Compliance Period.

8Confidential information
8.1

During the course of discussions between a Member and thinkstep, each party might acquire information of a confidential nature relating to the other's business arrangements (such information, when clearly designated as confidential, being hereinafter referred to as the "Information".) thinkstep and the Member agree not to disclose this Information to any third party, save for Information that thinkstep is required to report to the Environment Agency as detailed in these Rules or Information which falls into the public domain otherwise than as a consequence of the breach by either party of its obligations under these Rules or Information which falls into the public domain otherwise than as a consequence of the breach by either party of its obligations under these Rules.

9Termination of Membership
9.1

thinkstep reserves the right to terminate a Member's membership of B2BNEEE-Scheme at any time on 10 days' written notice if that Member fails to meet payments as they fall due, or to terminate without notice if that Member is unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or becomes bankrupt, or if a trustee, receiver, administrative receiver or similar officer is appointed in respect of any or all of the business of the client. This termination shall take effect at the end of the Compliance Period during which the termination is made.

9.2

If a Member breaches any of these Rules and (in the case of a breach capable of remedy) fails to remedy such breach within 10 days of notification in writing of the breach from thinkstep, the Member shall be deemed to have terminated membership of B2BWEEE-Scheme. This termination shall take effect at the end of the Compliance Period during which the termination is made.

9.3

Immediately upon the termination of a membership under Rule 9.1 or 9.2, thinkstep shall report the Member to the Environment Agency.

9.4

Where an act or default by a Member has resulted in the commission by thinkstep of an offence under the Regulations, thinkstep shall provide all available information to the Environment Agency regarding the act or default by the Member.

9.5

Any Member shall, upon ceasing to be a Member of B2BWEEE-Scheme, forfeit all rights to and claim to a refund of its registration and/or annual membership fees.

9.6

B2BWEEE-Scheme shall not be liable for any loss (including indirect or consequential), damage, delay, loss of market, costs or expenses of whatsoever nature or kind and howsoever sustained or occasioned by the Member by virtue of the termination of a membership under Rule 9.1 or 9.2.

10Financial Matters
10.1

Each member shall pay the applicable membership fees at the rates published by thinkstep from time to time.

10.2

All membership fees and other sums payable by Members to thinkstep shall be paid within 30 days of receipt of the relevant invoice by the Member.

10.3

All sums quoted or charged are exclusive of VAT. The Member shall be responsible for paying VAT.

11Agreement
11.1

Members are bound by these Rules which constitute an agreement under Regulation 23(2).

11.2

The Member acknowledges that it is not contracting hereunder as a consumer.

11.3

The failure of thinkstep to insist in any one or more instances upon the performance of any provisions of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or relinquishment of thinkstep's right to future performance of such provision and the Member's obligation in respect of such a future performance shall continue in full force and effect.

11.4

The various provisions of this Agreement are severable and if any provision is held to be invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction then such invalidity or unenforceability shall not effect the remaining provisions of these Rules.

11.5

No other person who is not a party to this Agreement has any rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce, or to enjoy the benefit of, any term of these Rules.

11.6

These Rules, together with thinkstep's standard terms and conditions as referred to in Rule 5.1, contain the entire agreement between the parties regarding its subject matter and supersedes all prior representations, agreements, arrangements, promises and undertakings made or existing between the parties, whether written or oral. All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by law are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from these Rules.

11.7

These Rules shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.


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