Potential DCFs have until May 4 2007 to register in order to be operational from July 1 2007. Registration opened on April 18.
Some local authorities and compliance schemes expressed confusion as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) WEEE regulations guidance notes, published in February 2007 stated that the deadline for registration for the first set of DCFs was March 31 2007.
Valpak WEEE Retail Services, who are running the Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS) and registration of DCFs, explained that the DTI had put the registration start date back to ensure finances were in place.
Funding is available to sites that register to become DCFs on or before April 30 2008, for any site upgrades required.
Valpak spokesman Duncan Simpson said: Valpak WEEE Retail Services was ready to register according to the original dates. But the DTI wanted to hold off on opening the registration doors as it didnt want a situation where there were no funds in the bank to pay the DCFs.
The DTS said it participated in several joint seminars with the DTI where it made people aware of the changes to the registration dates.
We have been in contact with local authorities on a regular basis, through roadshows and e-mails, for example, to ensure the message got out, Simpson said.
He added that the DTI sent out a letter of clarity explaining the new dates to local authorities on April 18, the date the DTS website also opened for registration following the DTI green light.
We have had a very positive response from retailers and local authorities and the indication we are getting is that many local authorities dont want to be the last to sign up, Simpson added.
To register and see the current DCF registration timetable see: www.valpak.co.uk/dts