What is an AATF and what is it used for?
AATF refers to a waste management facility that is licensed by the ATF (1) or registered as exempt and is authorised to treat waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). This licensing is considered the most stringent standard available from the Environment Agency for sites that engage in WEEE treatment.
The process of treating WEEE can encompass several activities such as depollution, disassembly, shredding, recovery, or preparation for disposal. Operators who receive WEEE directly from a designated collection facility (DCF), distributor, or end-user, are eligible to apply for approval.
AFT'S and AATFS Facility Operations
Operators of facilities that recycle electronic waste (ATFs and AATFs) can apply to be approved to receive such waste directly from designated collection centers, distributors, or end-users who have a contract with a Producer Compliance Scheme. Once approved, these operators can provide documentation that certifies the recycling or reuse of the waste. This certification must relate to either the recycling at the AATF or further recycling that happens at other facilities in the UK.