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LGA concerned over running costs for new WEEE sites

The Local Government Association (LGA) is concerned at the lack of funds for the cost of running upgraded civic amenity (CA) sites that will collect waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from July.

As the WEEE regulations were laid before Parliament in December, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced that Valpak would operate the Distributer Take-back Scheme (DTS) with funding from retailers of £10 million.

Speaking to MRW, LGA spokeswoman Sandra Issar said the organisation thought the £10 million would be sufficient to cover the costs of upgrading council sites to deal with WEEE once the regulations come into force. But she said: There is no money on the table to cover the annual running costs of the sites, such as maintenance and additional staffing costs.

According to the LGA estimates put the annual operational costs of running larger sites at around £9 million a year.

Under the Valpak-run DTS up to £9,000 will be available for local authorities to spend as they wish on upgrading each CA site. A registration payment of £6,000 will also be made to all sites and a further £3,000 for sites that can justify the needs for extra funds.

Valpak will be running a series of seminars for local authorities over the next few months.


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