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WEEE LA Project Fund

New WEEE collection project fund launched for Local Authorities

21st August 2019

The Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) for electrical retailers has launched a new project fund to support local authorities and partner organisations. This funding is available to support activities aimed at increasing the separate collection of household WEEE for reuse and recycling.

Please note the DTS fund being made available is provided by retailers of electrical and electronic equipment and is not linked to the separate WEEE Compliance Fee Fund which is funded by producers and their compliance schemes - https://www.weeefund.uk/

Project Specification Templates

Following feedback from previous project funding rounds, the DTS have tried to significantly improve the process for Local Authorities. In order to reduce the administrative effort and provide details on potential suitable projects we have worked with the experienced consultancy Anthesis to create a set of outline specifications. These cover 3 standard project types which have proved to be successful previously. However, we have also included an “Other” category to allow Local Authorities that wish to create their own project to put these proposals forward for consideration also.

All these specifications are available to download from the links below. These guidance documents have been complied in order to assist applicants complete the application form, provide examples of previous DTS funded projects, and guidance on implementing a successful project.

All projects should include local communication campaigns to promote their project or events. No funding will be provided specifically for general communications not associated with these WEEE projects as these will be covered by the WEEE Compliance Fee Fund. Please click here for more information on how to incorporate communication campaigns into your bid.

The application form for all applications can be found here.

Application Process

Applications will be considered from Waste Collection Authorities (WCAs) and Waste Disposal Authorities (WDAs). All applications must be endorsed by a WDA with at least one publicly accessible Designated Collection Facility (DCF) approved by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). You are also encouraged to work with your contracted WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) or any other relevant partner organisations and charities to put together an application. For further information of eligibility criteria please see the detailed Guidance Notes.


  • Please complete all relevant sections and submit applications by Monday 30th September 2019 to dts@valpak.co.uk
  • Announcements on successful applications will be made during the week commencing 7th October 2019.
  • Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
  • Once successful projects are underway the DTS will arrange a mid-project review to check whether activities are on track and offer any assistance.
  • Completed projects will be asked to complete a short review within 1 month of the project being completed or by 1st November 2020 at the latest, to assist with any further funding schemes – please use the Evaluation Form provided.
  • If you have any queries or need further assistance, please email dts@valpak.co.uk

Assessment of Applications

The DTS has engaged Anthesis as an independent expert to evaluate and assess all applications and produce a shortlist of recommend projects for approval by Defra.

Presentation of Documentation - Process Overview: