Local authorities are being offered £700,000 in funding for projects to increase the collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) under the latest phase of the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS).
The Scheme, which was set up under the WEEE regulations in 2007, enables electronics retailers to meet their requirement to fund the collection of WEEE, as an alternative to offering in-store take back of goods.
Valpak oversees the running of the DTS, through which retailers of electronic goods contribute money to a ‘local project fund’. Members of the scheme are charged a fee proportionate to the volume of electrical equipment they handle. Around 1,861 retailers and distributors currently participate in the scheme.
Applicants have been given until February 27 2015 to submit bids for the latest tranche of money, with a Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) appointed panel to run the rule over any potential bidders.
Projects which have received support through the fund in the past have included kerbside collections of small WEEE by Woking borough council and a mobile WEEE bank, trialled by West Sussex county council.
Potential bidders have also been told that projects which will be capable of being sustained after the initial project finance has expired will be encouraged. Guidance on the criteria for funding is available here.
Speaking on behalf of retailers, Alice Ellison, Environment Policy Adviser at the British Retail Consortium, said: “We are delighted to see that the Distributor Takeback Scheme is making this further round of project funding available to local authorities.
“The DTS has been a very positive initiative for retailers and it is good to see that the funds are being put to good use. We hope that authorities will build on the imagination and initiative that many showed during the previous phase and put forward a range of proposals that will help to develop WEEE collections for the future.”
Latest figures published by the Environment Agency this week show that the UK is on course to meet its 2014 target to collect 490,000 tonnes of WEEE throughout the year (see letsrecycle.com story).