What is an Approved Exporter (AE)
An AE does not need to be either an ATF or AATF but it still has obligation if it exporting WEEE for treatment, recovery or recycling outside the United Kingdom.
Only an AE is allowed to issue evidence notes for the treatment, recovery and recycling of WEEE that takes place outside the UK.
An AE will need to be able to supply evidence that each overseas treatment or recovery site operates to standards that are equivalent to those required in the European Economic Community.
The evidence notes will be required by compliance schemes on behalf of producers who will need to prove that a certain amount of WEEE has been treated, recovered and recycled.
TREATMENT OUTSIDE THE UK
The WEEE Directive sets out that where WEEE is exported it should be treated and recovered at sites where the operation is equivalent to conditions as set out in the Directive. This means that such overseas sites are operated in manner that achieves the level of environmental protection required by the Waste Framework Directive 75/442/EEC. That means that the overseas site must operate within a regulatory regime, which requires that
TRANSFRONTIER SHIPMENT OF WASTE
An AE must comply with the provisions of the Waste Shipments Regulation (EC/259/93) which apply to the export of wastes from the United Kingdom. The regulation provides a range of different control procedures, which are determined by the classification of the waste and the country of destination.
Most transboundary shipments of WEEE will be subject to the TFS notification procedure. Regulation (EC/1013/2006)