(PRWEB) October 12, 2006
Producer responsibility policy consultants Perchards and reverse logistics software developer webix solutions GmbH have teamed up to develop XPReS, a range of software to facilitate compliance with European producer responsibility legislation on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), packaging and batteries.
The first release under the XPReS brand will be a cost-effective sales data reporting tool for electrical and electronic equipment, which will convert producers’ existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) data into the reporting formats required by the relevant national agencies. Future releases will include report alerts, legislative tracking and compliance cost comparisons.
Extended Producer Responsibility – the challenge to companies
Extended Producer Responsibility legislation makes producers responsible for financing the management of waste arising from their products. It has been implemented for packaging and Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) in EU member states and neighbouring countries, and batteries will follow. Failure to comply can have serious consequences – negative media exposure, fines and even exclusion from the market.
Rules and requirements differ from country to country, so compliance is complicated and expensive. For WEEE, for instance, there are differences in who takes responsibility (manufacturers or distributors), the financing arrangements, how products are categorised, and even whether they are covered by the national legislation at all. WEEE legislation is still evolving, but a producer who is not fully aware of the requirements in each country where he is active can make expensive mistakes.
Manufacturers or distributors must report periodically to the relevant national agencies, on all electronic products within the scope that they place on the market. But the data required, reporting procedures, reporting periods and deadlines vary and so does the categorisation of products: in Austria for example the collection category and product name must be selected from a list of around 1000 items, while Belgium and the Czech Republic provide their own lists of hundreds of equipment names. Germany requires reporting by broad equipment categories defined by industry. In France, the 4-digit customs code for each product must be specified, while other member states use more detailed levels of the customs codification.
Producers not only need to register but must also either join a collective system or organise the take-back and treatment of their products individually. There are currently about 240 collective systems for WEEE, batteries and packaging in Europe, and more than 110 for WEEE alone. A producer active in six member states will typically be involved with some 15-20 collective systems. Producers need to find the most cost-effective solution, which means having up-to-date information on what each scheme offers and on the fees it charges.
“Sorting out the matrix of national requirements is a nightmare, particularly for companies marketing a wide range of products,” says David Perchard, a partner in Perchards. “And the registration rules are often available only in the national language,” he adds.
X-PReS - meeting the challenge
X-PReS by webix and Perchards is a low-cost (from only EUR 499) software tool to support sales data reporting. “It needs only a minimum of training,” explains Frank Fischer, webix CEO. “X-PReS can be used as a standalone solution, processing data exported from an ERP system, but it also features an interface to all common ERP systems to allow easy integration.”
- one solution which can be applied to all EU countries
- facility to add on new countries as necessary
- easy updates if national report formats change
- traceability to ensure that input reporting is correct when audits take place
- avoidance of the costs and penalties of incorrect reporting
- minimised cost through precise (and optimised) country-specific reporting of product weight
- English- and German-language versions available, French and others to follow
- no changes in producers’ ERP systems
- no costs for in-house research on different reporting formats and content
To find out the benefits of our software for yourself, download a free trial package (including one country) from http://www.weee-xpres.com or via email at info @ weee-xpres.com.
About Perchards and webix
Perchards has been advising private and public sector clients throughout the world on producer responsibility policies since 1987, and its information services on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Packaging and Packaging Waste legislation and compliance are used by many companies, organisations and governmental bodies to keep up to date with developments at EU and national level. Perchards also helps individual clients with registration and compliance.
Stuttgart-based webix solutions GmbH has been offering a wide range of software development, IT infrastructure and communications design services since 1996. webix was developing take-back and exchange programmes for large manufacturers even before the WEEE Directive was adopted, and has extensive experience in reverse supply chain management projects for companies, trade associations and public authorities.
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