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Welcome to the UK's WEEE Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS)

Approved by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Phase 5 Remaining Open For Registrations

Phase 5 of the scheme runs from 1st January 2020 until 31st December 2021. The funds raised in Phase 5 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.

Important Note: Phase 5 will only allow larger retailers in Band A & B which have physical retail stores to join the DTS for a maximum of 1 year. Band C members and larger online / distance seller retailers can join for 2 years.

Update: The Office of Product Safety & Standards (OPS&S) have confirmed that the grace period will be extended to 30th June 2020 during which retailers will not be expected to start in-store take-back of WEEE to allow for signing up to the new phase of the DTS and recovery from Covid-19 related issues.

At present there are no changes to the length of DTS memberships, however this will be kept under review by DEFRA and the OPS&S during the current disruption and any change will be communicated as soon as we can.

If you have any queries about the DTS or the registration process, please contact Valpak Retail WEEE by email at or telephone 03450 682 572.

Under The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 (as amended) , distributors (usually retailers) of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) can either:

  • Offer in store take back of waste electrical equipment on a one for one, like for like basis, or
  • Join the Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS)

The DTS is operated by Valpak Retail WEEE Services and allows members an exemption from the in store take back requirement of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) when a new equivalent piece of EEE is purchased. The DTS is the only scheme which allows members an alternative to offering take back for all WEEE categories (except for PV panels). There is a separate scheme which covers PV panels.