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Published on August 1st, 2017 | by The GC Team


New funds support increased re-use and recycling of WEEE

Producers and retailers of electrical equipment have today launched a £665,000 fund aimed at supporting projects led by local authorities to deliver increased levels of re-use and recycling of waste electrical equipment.

The funds come from the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) and the Compliance Fee mechanism, both established under the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations.

The WEEE Regulations ensure that producers and distributors of electrical equipment finance the cost of its collection and proper treatment when it becomes waste.     

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: “With more than a million tonnes of electrical equipment waste generated in the UK each year, it is encouraging to see that around 60% is already being recycled or reused.

“We want to build on this, and todays’ funding will help support creative local projects that encourage us to do even more to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.”

The DTS is supported by retailers and internet sellers and the WEEE Compliance Fee receives funding from UK manufacturers and importers of electrical equipment.

The Scheme is operated by Valpak Retail WEEE Services and allows members an exemption from the in-store take back requirements. The DTS is the only scheme approved by Government which allows members an alternative to offering takeback of electrical waste.

Further information can be found at https://dts.valpak.co.uk/

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