If you listened to our webinar on the future of the Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (WEEE) Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS) back in December, you will be
aware that there was a lot of uncertainty around the scheme’s future, which was
not helped by parliament being suspended due to the forthcoming election.
Distributor Take back Scheme – Limited extension
Just before Christmas, a decision was made to approve an extension and for DTS
phase 5 to be implemented. Has this eased Distributor concerns or rather just kicked
the can down the road?
For many Distributors (those in bands A and B)
phase 5 will end on 31 December
2020, which will mean that from 1 January 2021 those business will
be expected to offer instore takeback of waste electrical and electronic equipment
on a like for like basis.
Risks of handling waste electronics in stores
Below, I have outlined some of the risks involved in handling WEEE in stores:
- Health and safety consideration with handling and storage. Your staff will
likely be involved in the handling of waste goods, which comes with various
health and safety concerns. Storing the material is another area of concern.
Retail space is precious and having to take back waste goods means allocated
storage space would be required
- Duty of Care considerations. When stores start to handle waste, they will
have to meet requirements of Duty of Care Regulations. The business will need
- who is collecting the waste?
- where the waste is going
- if the waste management supplier has the correct paperwork in place
- if the waste is hazardous. If it is, consignment notes will be required
- permitting issues. Businesses will need to check if they are able to
store the types and level of waste on site
Also, variations exist around waste handling and paperwork in devolved administrations,
which businesses would need to keep on top of.
In short, the changes to the DTS are going to be far reaching for retailers and
they will need to start formulating plans to ensure they are in line with the changes
coming into effect from 1 January 2021 onwards.
Valpak's WEEE and Batteries Collection Schemes
Valpak’s Waste Management department can help your business to plan for imminent
take back requirements. We also offer a
nationwide WEEE collection service and
free batteries collection service, which can support your business once these
changes take effect.
Our first class service provides a portfolio of approved contractors, consolidated monthly reporting and a single point of contact that ensures all the legal aspects of customer collection requirements are met.
If you would like help or guidance, please feel free to
email me for a free consultation or call 01789 208 715.