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Published on January 16th, 2017 | by The GC Team

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Valpak announces phase 4 Distributor Takeback Scheme now open

Valpak Retail WEEE Services (Valpak) has announced that, following approval by the Secretary of State, the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) phase 4 is now open for registrations.

Under the UK WEEE regulations, distributors (retailers) of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are required to either offer in-store takeback or join the Distributor Take Back Scheme.

The DTS has been in operation since 2007 and the current phase 3 ended on 31 December last year.  The DTS has been a key element of the overall UK WEEE system, with funds raised being used to support establishing a national collection infrastructure at Household Waste and Recycling Centres and to fund Local Authority projects for increasing the collection and reuse of WEEE.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Valpak have been in discussion with the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) over the continuation of the Scheme.  Retailers with distributor obligations can now register for Phase 4 here if they wish to opt out of offering takeback.

Alice Ellison of the BRC said: “The DTS has been a very positive initiative for retailers and aims to ensure that the funds are put to good use to increase collections of WEEE. We hope that local authorities will build on the imagination and initiative that many showed during previous phases and put forward a range of proposals that will help to develop WEEE collections for the future.”

Phase 4 of the scheme will run from 1st January 2017 until 31st December 2019. The funds raised in Phase 4 will continue to be used to support Local Authority projects with the aim to increase WEEE collections and there will be a process in place to monitor the benefits achieved throughout the phase.

Due to the slightly delayed launch of Phase 4 there will be a grace period until 31 January 2017 to allow businesses time to complete their registrations in the early part of 2017.

More information on joining the DTS can be found at: http://dts.valpak.co.uk/

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