The system has been established by the WEEE Scheme Forum (WSF), a group made up of 19 producer compliance scheme (PCS) members. It said the allocation centre would be open to all PCS and DCFs on a voluntary basis.
It aims to ensure local authority DCF sites are allocated to PCSs fairly and according to their market share obligation. Without such a system, some feared there would be a scramble by PCSs for the most attractive DCFs, leaving remote sites abandoned.
WSF member and DHL head of WEEE Paul James said: The sites will receive a ranking with PCSs getting a mixture of easy and difficult sites. PWC will manage and coordinate the process where local authorities are paired with PCSs.
The aim is to provide order and control and to ensure that all sites have a collection.
According to the WSF this will mean local authorities running DCFs anywhere in the UK can be sure they will have a PCS to work with, to the agreed standard set out in the Code of Practice.
The principles of the allocation system have been agreed and welcomed by the Department of Trade and Industry. DTI WEEE implementation team assistant director Jeanne Grey said: The centre would be the fairest and most equitable way of allocating sites. I suggest local authorities hold fire and wait and see what is on offer.