Pholtovoltaic recycling initiative PV CYCLE has announced that it has won Environment Agency approval to operate a producer compliance scheme from next year.

Revised waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations from the agency will require UK PV companies to join a compliance scheme from next year.

The firm said the approval meant it would now scale-up its established collection infrastructure, which provides free disposal of PV panels at the end of their life.

David Burton, country manager for the company in the UK, said: “Our approval to operate a scheme creates a great opportunity for the PV sector to determine its own destiny and to maintain control of

Last year, Brussels-based  PV CYCLE opened a UK office to provide compliance solutions to UK PV distributors, wholesalers, retailers and others.

Jan Clyncke, managing director of PV CYCLE Association, said: “The UK is unique in Europe in that there is a compliance marketplace which, potentially, leaves the PV sector open to commercial exploitation.

“As an industry-focused scheme, our aim is to ensure that the PV sector remains in control through dedicated, independent and PV-driven solutions”.

Read more about the impact of the new WEEE legislation in the latest edition of Solar Business Focus UK. Find out more here