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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.

How to apply to become approved for AATF and Application forms?

to become an AATF (Approved Authorised Treatment Facility) or an AE (Approved Exporter), you need to complete an application form and send it to the appropriate UK environment agency. The agency you apply to depends on the location of your business: SEPA in Scotland, the Environment Agency in England and Wales, and NIEA in Northern Ireland. Approvals are valid for one calendar year, unless you apply after the start of the year, in which case they begin on the date your approval is confirmed.

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