The fourth phase of the WEEE Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) has opened to electrical retailers.
Producer compliance scheme Valpak, which manages the programme for Defra, has allowed retailers until 31 January to register for the fourth phase of the scheme, which will run until 31 December 2019.
Money raised by the retailers signing up to the scheme will be put into a fund, which local authorities will then be able to bid for.
The size of the fund will depend on how many retailers rejoin the scheme as part of their obligations under the WEEE regulations, but Valpak estimates it will be worth £500,000 to £600,000 over the three years.
Councils are encouraged to use the funding 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.
British Retail Consortium (BRC) environment policy adviser Alice Ellison said: “The DTS has been a positive initiative for retailers and aims to ensure that the funds are put to good use to increase collections of WEEE.
“We hope that local authorities will build on the imagination and initiative that many showed during previous phases, and put forward a range of proposals that will help to develop WEEE collections for the future.”
More information about the local authority fund is expected later in the year, after the membership fees have been collected from retailers.