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Councils should make informed decisions on WEEE, advises LARAC

Local authorities are being advised to register to attend the seminars on offer from Valpak, the appointed retail Distributer Take-back Scheme (DTS) and avoid hastily signing contracts with Producer Compliance Schemes (PCS).

With the seminars including presentations from the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and PCS, local authorities are expected to find them beneficial and informative.

Its important that local authorities go along and hear the story and then make a decision, said Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) policy officer Neil Ferris.

PCS will be responsible for collecting waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from civic amenity sites, in amounts proportionate to a producers market share. But LARACs fear is that there will be a scramble by PCS for easy local authorities, leaving the more remote local authority sites left behind.

Ferris explained that the WEEE Scheme Forum was currently looking at a way of making the allocation fair, and that LARAC wanted to see the forum succeed in its ambitions. It was therefore advising local authorities to support the forums aims and avoid operating outside that room.

LARAC is also advising councils to start the process of negotiating with their incumbent contractors, as most contracts will have clauses relating to changes in legislation. With potential compensation claims from contractors for loss of income, LARAC advises that councils start their discussions.

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