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Phase 4 Fees

The fees that members pay will be based on the total value of all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) sold between 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2015. The fees consist of a single payment which, once paid, will ensure compliance until the end of December 2019.

The fees for each band have remained the same as in Phase 3 and can be found in the table below:

Band Total Sales Value of Electrical Products Cost of Joining the DTS as a New Member Cost of Joining the DTS as a Returning Member (from Phase 3) Trade Association Membership Fees **
A Greater than £1.5million Per unit fee Per unit fee and option to offset up to 50% of costs by completing modules
Please note the minimum payment is £190 for new members and £170 for returning members
A+ Greater than £1.5million and meet the 400m² criteria Per unit fee + 25% additional to pay Per unit fee + payment (25%) for meeting 400m² criteria (can offset up to 50% of cost by completing 2 modules)
B £100,000 - £1.5million £190 £170 £170
C £0-£100,000 £70 £60 £60

The Band A per unit fees can be found below:

Category Per Unit Fee £
Refrigeration e.g. fridges and freezers 0.1189041
Other Large Household Appliances e.g. washing machines and other “white goods” 0.0487396
Televisions and monitors 0.0431186
Lighting * 0.0006944
All other EEE 0.0015911

Returning Band A members from Phase 3 have the option to offset up to 50% of fees by undertaking up to 2 module actions.

* New EEE scope guidance has been published. This guidance has been improved and updated to include references to open scope and to a new definition of non-electrical accessories. The WEEE Directive was re-cast in 2012 to expand the list of products covered by the directive to include all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). This will come into force in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (amendment) Regulations from 1st January 2019. The WEEE Regulations will apply to all electrical and electronic equipment unless it fits into an exclusion or exemption. For example, household luminaires and lightbulbs will be in scope whereas previously they were excluded. If a product comes into scope from 1 January 2019 (for example, table lamps), existing distributors registered for the DTS will not need to amend their membership. However, for newly obligated distributors they will need to include all EEE sales in their DTS registration.

** Discounts may be available for members of relevant Trade Associations. Any Trade Association wanting to register its members should contact Valpak at dts@valpak.co.uk.

Under the The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 (as amended) distributors who supply new EEE from retail premises where the sales area relating to EEE is equivalent to or exceeds 400m² must provide facilities to collect very small WEEE, regardless of whether similar new equipment is purchased. The DTS alternative for member retailers who meet this requirement in 25% or more of their stores is to make an additional payment equivalent to 25% of the applicable fees as shown in the table above.

Use of DTS Funds

The majority of fees paid into the scheme will be passed to Local Authorities for special projects to specifically increase the collection rate of WEEE in the UK.

The maximum standard project award will be £25,000, however, higher bids which provide exceptional value for money or allow for significant improvements in collections or reuse tonnages will be considered and may receive additional funding if deemed appropriate. Project funding will be conditional on successful applicants providing suitable project review feedback in order to verify the results achieved and help improve knowledge of collections in future. Project selection will be carried out by an independent selection panel consisting of Defra, WRAP, BRC, NAWDO and a representative of Local Authorities in the Devolved Administrations.

A proportion of fees will also be allocated to Local Authorities for any new WEEE sites which are opened, are publicly accessible and provide suitable facilities for all WEEE streams. The normal funding is £6,000 per site.

Members Area

Members of the DTS have access to the members’ area where they can access their certificate and also download documentation to assist in meeting their Consumer Information Obligations. This documentation includes posters to display in store as well as website wording and a wealth of other materials. Distributors must ensure that information under regulation 44 is available on request, the requirements of regulation 44 are met by the poster and standard website wording and therefore the poster should be either displayed in stores or available to produce on request for example at a customer service desk. The website wording should also be able to be easily found on a member’s website.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2014: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1771/pdfs/uksi_20141771_en.pdf

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2015: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1968/pdfs/uksi_20151968_en.pdf