WEEE Fund announces Covid-19 support for e-waste recycling
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Fund (WEEE Fund) has announced that it will be providing more than £5 million of financial support to electronic waste recyclers during the Covid-19 pandemic in the form of its WEEE Support Grants and Loans Package.
The Fund, which is financed by the annual WEEE compliance fee – expected to be between £4-5 million this year – will provide support to those businesses that are finding a restricted flow of WEEE to their sites due to the mass closure of Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and disruption to kerbside WEEE collections and store takeback.
The funding will provide £5 million in interest-free loans to electrical waste treatment facilities and £600,000 of grants to charity sector reuse organisations.
Applications for loans are open until the end of May 2020 and are available to all commercial Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) based on the compliance evidence they issued for treatment of waste they undertook in 2019.
Those applying for loans can request an application form and associated documents by emailing [email protected].
The application process for the grant funding available to the charity sector will be confirmed in due course.