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Approved Authorised Treatment Facility

An AATF is a licensed ATF (1) (or registered exempt) site carrying out treatment on waste electrical and electronic wastes and is the highest standard of licensing available from the Environment Agency for sites that treat WEEE.

Treatment can include depollution, disassembly, shredding, recovery or preparation for disposal. Any operator of a site or sites receiving WEEE direct from a designated collection facility (DCF), distributor or end-user can apply to become approved.

Only operators of approved ATFs (AATFs) can issue evidence notes for the treatment, recovery or recycling of WEEE that takes place in the UK. The evidence must relate to treatment, recovery and recycling being carried out on an approved site, or to further treatment, recovery and recycling carried out at further sites.

The evidence notes will be required by Producer Compliance Schemes on behalf of “producers” who will need to prove that a certain amount of WEEE has been treated, recovered and recycled.

Evidence of re-use and refurbishment of whole appliances will also count towards the recovery and recycling targets. If you are an operator of operate a facility which collects whole items for re-use and refurbishment, for example computers or large household items such as fridges, washing machines or cookers, and you operate under a waste management licence or exemption, you can apply to become an AATF. This will then allow you to issue evidence of re-use to compliance schemes and their producers.

If an AATF intends to undertake the export of WEEE or WEEE materials for further treatment, recovery or recycling, they will also need to be an approved exporter (AE).

If an AATF intends for someone else to undertake the export of WEEE or WEEE materials for further treatment, recovery or recycling they are obliged to ensure that they have been approved to operate as an AE (Approved Exporter)

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