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Valpak launches third phase of WEEE recycling support scheme

Local authorities are being invited to bid for a slice of a £700,000 fund from the WEEE Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS), the programme’s operator has announced.

Producer compliance scheme Valpak, which has been managing the programme for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) since 2007, opened applications for the third phase of the scheme on 4 December.  

The project aims to encourage local authorities to develop innovative and practical approaches that drive up the reuse of whole appliances, increase the tonnage of separately collected domestic WEEE for recycling, or increase the recycling rate of collected equipment.

Funding has been provided by electrical retailers who have contributed to the DTS as part of their obligations under the WEEE regulations, and is unavailable to commercial or industrial WEEE collection.

British Retail Consortium environment policy adviser Alice Ellison said that to date the DTS had been “a very positive initiative for retailers”.

“It is good to see that the funds are being put to good use,” she said. “We hope that authorities will build on the imagination and initiative that many showed during the previous phase and put forward a range of proposals that will help to develop WEEE collections for the future.”

Collaborative applications from more than one waste disposal authority can apply for a maximum of £100,000. All other applications can bid for up to £30,000. Successful bidders must spend the funding by the end of 2016.

BIS has created a panel of experts to judge applications, which must be submitted by 27 February 2015. More information is available here.

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