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)

Planning and implementation for Phase 5 of the DTS is currently under review with DEFRA and other stakeholders. More information will be provided when available.
Under the following regulations:

distributors (usually retailers) of electrical and electronic equipment (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


  • 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.

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 (CA) 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 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 (see Electrical waste: retailer and distributor responsibilities), regardless of whether similar new equipment is purchased. The DTS alternative for 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.

Register for Phase 4 now

The WEEE regulations are enforced by The Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPS & S): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-regulation-enforcement-services

Please note that if you supply EEE or batteries you may also have additional producer obligations. Joining the DTS does not cover you for these obligations. To find out more please visit Guidance on EEE Producer Responsibilities and Guidance on Waste Batteries Producer Responsibility .

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