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DCF allocation system will not be in place for initial compliance period

The system for allocating Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs) wont be in place for the initial Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) compliance period.

The WEEE Scheme Forum (WSF) has confirmed that local authority or other third party run DCFs will not have been handed out to Producer Compliance Schemes (PCFs) when the regulations kick in on July 1.

With its 19 approved members, the WSF has been the main body behind the development of the allocation centre which had the aim of allocating all sites in a fair and equitable manner based on market share data.

However, a spokesman for WSF suggested the time frame has not proved long enough. He said: The WSF has had to accept that there is insufficient time now to realistically develop the proposed system.

We have experienced difficulties in reaching a final common ground regarding the ultimate role, scope and detail of the proposed system that satisfied not only all individual members of the WSF but other parties too.

The proposed system would have ensured that all household WEEE streams separately collected at DCFs were assigned to PCSs through a black box system.

 This would have potentially limited the start up difficulties associated with having numerous schemes targeting local authorities in a free for all situation.

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