The Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS) has today (21 March 2011) announced approximately £650,000 of special project funding is now available to local authorities, to support recycling and reuse initiatives for unwanted household electricals.
This funding comes from retailers who are members of the; DTS and have opted to contribute to the scheme instead of making arrangements for take back of old electrical goods in store. Since 2007, the DTS has a provided funding to assist the development of the UK's network of collection facilities for unwanted electricals. Now, as part of phase two of the DTS, a proportion of this fund will be available to support local projects aiming to drive up recycling and reuse of unwanted items.
Local authorities must submit project applications to the Department of Business, Innovation and skills (BIS) by 1 June 2011. In the event that the fund is over-subscribed BIS will convene a review panel to select the best proposals to support. The launch of the scheme follows extensive consultations with local authority groups.
If you would like to find out more about the WEEE Local Project Fund, or you work for a local authority and wish to find out if you are eligible to receive funding, please contact Graeme Vickery, WEEE Team, BIS on 0207 215 1836 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org