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What’s next for the WEEE Distributor Take back Scheme?

Ashleigh Williams
Oct 27, 2016

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 phase 4!

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 year
  • 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 of WEEE
  • 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 4 at

Should you have any further queries please contact us at


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