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History – Phases 1-3

Phase 1 of the DTS was in operation between July 2007 and December 2009. Approximately £9m was raised in DTS fees from retailers which were used to fund the setup of WEEE collection facilities by offering grants to Local Authorities to assist their Civic Amenity sites in becoming Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs).

Phase 2 was in operation between January 2010 and December 2012. In Phase 2, £1million was used for improvement of Civic Amenity sites and £600,000 was used to provide a fund for Local Authority projects to improve WEEE collection rates.

Phase 3 was in operation between January 2013 and December 2016 and 2 rounds of funding of £700,000 and £400,000 were provided in support of Local Authority WEEE projects to improve WEEE collection rates throughout the UK.

The funding provided by the DTS in the initial phases was higher because of the higher costs required by Local Authorities in establishing the national collection network. In addition to funds raised through DTS membership fees in Phase 3, extra funds were offered to LAs from the WEEE compliance fees raised from producers, as part of a combined process.