Distributor Take back Scheme

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Welcome to the UK's WEEE Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS) – Phase 4

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

Under the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, distributors (usually retailers) of EEE are able to choose from 2 options where they 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 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.

The DTS has been operating since 2007. Phase 4 of the scheme runs from January 2017- December 2019. Membership fees collected are used for WEEE projects which aim to increase the rate of WEEE collection, reuse and recycling in the UK. New Civic Amenity sites which are publicly accessible and allow for the collection of all WEEE streams are also considered to receive funding.

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

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The WEEE regulations are enforced by Regulatory Delivery: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-regulation-enforcement-services

If you have any queries about the DTS please contact Valpak Retail WEEE by email at dts@valpak.co.uk or telephone 03450 682 572