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£775,000 WEEE take-back scheme

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has urged councils to bid for support from a new scheme to help increase the collection, reuse and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Retailers, suppliers and manufacturers of electrical equipment have made up to £775,000 available as part of the distributor take-back scheme (DTS) and the WEEE compliance fee.

Individual councils can bid for single projects of up to £40,000 while up to £100,000 is available for consortia bids.

Business minister

Business minister Anna Soubry (left) said: “We have around £1bn-worth of electrical equipment in our homes which we no longer use but which still has real value.

“The fund will help to divert WEEE from landfill and reduce waste by promoting the reuse of electrical appliances.”

The DTS was approved by BIS as an alternative to in-store take-back for retailers and distance sellers to discharge some of their obligations under the WEEE Regulations to ensure arrangements for customers to recycle WEEE. The DTS will contribute up to £400,000 to these WEEE improvement projects.

The fee was approved by BIS as a means for producer compliance schemes to discharge some of their obligations on behalf of producers of electrical equipment as an alternative to directly collecting WEEE. It will contribute up to £375,000 to these WEEE improvement projects.

Project proposals must be submitted to weee@bis.gsi.gov.uk by 30 October and endorsed by the appropriate waste disposal authority.

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