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History

Phase 1Jul 2007 - Dec 2009

Approximately £ 9 million 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 2Jan 2010 - Dec 2012

£ 1 million 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 3Jan 2013 - Dec 2016

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.

Phase 4Jan 2017 - Dec 2019

2 rounds of funding of £ 183,292 and £ 601,020 were provided in support of Local Authority WEEE projects to improve WEEE collection rates throughout the UK. In addition, two external research projects were financed.

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 4, extra funds were offered to LAs from the WEEE compliance fees raised from producers, as part of a combined process.