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, 2018
  • 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.
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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, 2018)

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) £1,485 £1,485
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 2018

Item Cost in 2018
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
£6,195 plus £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)

Annual costs from 2019

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
£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 2018

Item Cost in 2018
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
£8,865 plus £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)

Annual costs from 2019

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
£3,465 plus £110 per tonne of WEEE sent to recycler (does not include transport)

Please Note all figures are quoted ex-VAT