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Phase 4 Fees

The fees that members pay will be based on the total value of all EEEE sold between 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2015. The fees will consist of one off payment and once this is paid this will ensure compliance until the end of December 2019.

The fees for each band have remained the same as in the previous phase 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 0.169863
Other Large Household Appliances e.g. washing machines and other “white goods” 0.069628
Televisions and monitors 0.061598
Lighting * 0.000992
All other EEE 0.002273

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

* Under the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations household lighting luminaires fall out of scope, however the "lamps" (light bulbs) themselves are in scope. This is with the exception of filament bulbs (either tungsten filaments or halogen). All LED lamps & modules plus fluorescent tubes & compact fluorescent lamps are in scope. For registration the sales value of lamps which are in scope should be included in your calculations in order to determine whether you are a Band A, B or C member. For the DTS as a Band A member you should report the number of units of the lamps sold which are in scope, this is inclusive of lamps which are both sold separately and those which are sold as part of a whole luminaire fitting.

** 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 UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 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% 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.