Important reminder on the legal requirements on retailers to take back waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from the public or join the DTS
Attention retailers of electrical and electronic items!
Do you work for a retailer of electrical and electronic items? Did you know that
electrical and electronics retailers using any retail channel are required to offer
take back of waste electronic items? The alternative is to join the Distributor
Take back Scheme (DTS) to fulfil legal obligations under the UK Waste Electrical
and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations.
What is the Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS)
The DTS has been running since 2007 and is currently in phase 3, which ends in
December this year. The funds raised from
DTS Members have been used to support collection infrastructure
at Household Waste and Recycling Centres and to fund Local Authority collection
projects for waste electrical items.
If you would like more information about the current DTS phase and how to join,
further details can be found on the website at
What will happen at the end of phase 3?
If you are a current member of the DTS you might be wondering what’s going to
happen following the end of phase 3 in December this year? The answer to that is
We are pleased to announce that we are in the process of finalising our proposal,
which is under discussion with members of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) before
being submitted to Defra for approval. We will confirm the details in the near future.
A summary of the main points within our proposal are highlighted below:
- The scheme will be in operation for 3 years starting in January 2017 and
running until December 2019
- We will be asking registrants for updated sales data for the 2015 calendar
- The fees for A, B and C scheme members are to remain the same (please refer
to the DTS website
- Band A scheme members will again be required to pay a per unit fee set at
the same rates as in phase 3
- There will be an option for returning Band A scheme members (from phase
3) to benefit from certain discounts, but only if they agree to undertake a
specific module of additional activity or activities to help improve the collection
- Funds raised will continue to be used to support Local Authority projects
with the aim to increase WEEE collections, with processes in place to monitor
the benefit achieved
- Online registration for phase 4 is planned to open in December 2016 once
the go ahead has been given - all current registrants will be contacted when
registration goes live
- The DTS website will be updated and you will be able to register for phase
Should you have any further queries please contact us at