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Councils keen to learn more about WEEE

Councils have responded positively to the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) seminars on offer from Valpak.

Appointed operator of the Distributer Take Back Scheme (DTS) at the end of last year, Valpak is running a series of seminars aimed at informing local authorities about what the WEEE directive means for them.


Business development manager James Skidmore confirmed that local authorities up and down the country had been signing themselves up for the events. Seven seminars have been planned, but there is the possibility of more being added if necessary.

About 90% of the Welsh authorities and 60% of the English ones have signed up so far, Skidmore said. Fewer had signed up in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but as the events there are running last, Skidmore said it was to be expected.

The finding comes after the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) called on councils to engage with the WEEE DTS and register for the seminars to get the facts directly. LARAC advised councils to avoid rushing into signing contracts with potential producer schemes until they were in a position to make fully informed decisions.

Local authorities who have yet to register to attend one of the WEEE seminars can do so through www.valpak.co.uk

 

 

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