UK government forms WEEE advisory board

UK government forms WEEE advisory board

Thirteen individuals from various sectors selected to sit on new board

The government has today announced the creation of an advisory board on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations.

The WEEE Advisory Board (WAB) consists of 13 individuals from various industry sectors and will provide independent advice on the development of the WEEE system.

Representing the IT industry is Kirstie McIntyre, environmental takeback compliance manager at HP; Joy Boyce, head of corporate environmental affairs at Fujitsu Services; and Terry Maguire, chairman and managing director at Computer Remarketing Services.

Announcing the new board, Malcolm Wicks, minister for energy, said: “Since the UK adopted the WEEE directive a great deal has been achieved by making sure more waste is collected for treatment and recovery. The establishment of the advisory body will ensure we receive expert advice and to help us build on this initial success. I very much look forward to working with the board in the future.”

WAB chairman Peter Calliafas, currently the non executive chairman of Envirobusiness South East, added: “I feel immensely honoured and excited to have been appointed to this advisory body as its chair. There are likely to be both opportunities and challenges in our journey ahead. As such, I am looking forward to meeting my fellow colleagues in the very near future and to building an effective and action orientated team that is focused on the priority objectives. "

"Of equal importance to me personally, is to gain an early understanding of the successes and the relevant issues in the WEEE sector. In my view, there is only one way to achieve this and that is through engagement with all stakeholders and visits to key sites in order to appreciate the operational processes first hand," he added.

The appointments are for between two and three years and were effective from 1 December 2007. Members are appointed on an independent basis to represent particular areas/fields of expertise and experience relevant to the WEEE regulations, rather than as delegates of particular organisations or interest groups.