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Thousands of retailers join DTS

Over 2,300 retailers have joined the Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS) for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) - well in excess of the number needed to make the scheme viable.

Registered retailers include big names such as Argos, Comet, Tesco, Asda, B&Q, Boots, Selfridges, J Sainsbury and Toys R Us, as well as many small independent retailers. According to Valpak WEEE Retail Services, operator of the DTS, membership currently represents in excess of 75% of UK electrical retailing.

Both the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Valpak were pleased with the positive response of retailers to the scheme.

Trade and Industry Minister Malcolm Wicks said: Im encouraged at this early stage in sign-up that so many retailers, of all sizes, believe the DTS to be a suitable option in helping them to meet their obligations under the WEEE directive. As we move towards industry taking full responsibility for electrical waste from July this year, this scheme will play an important part of our on-going efforts with industry to set-up a viable electronic waste system that gives them flexibility in meeting their obligations.

By joining the DTS, retailers do not have to make arrangements for in-store take-back, storage and disposal of their customers old electrical goods at the point of sale. DTS members instead contribute towards a £10 million fund, which will be used to assist the development of the UKs network of WEEE collection facilities and are responsible for promoting the use of these facilities to their customers.

Retailers are still welcome to join the DTS and potential Designated Collection Facility (DCF) operators can now register their sites at

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