WEEE Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) announcement

24 DECEMBER 2019

Defra has sent out an email regarding the decision on the DTS following their consultation on the joint proposal put forward by Valpak and the BRC.

The proposal has been accepted other than large retailers only having the option of using the DTS for 2020. From 1 Jan 2021, they will have to accept WEEE from consumers purchasing new items.

Dear all,

I am writing to inform you that the Minister has made a decision on the proposal from retailers for an Interim Phase 5 of the Distributor Takeback Scheme. They have decided to approve the proposal but with the modification that it will only extend to large retailers (Bands A and B members of the existing DTS) with retail premises until December 31st 2020. After this date, they will be required to do in store take back in line with the Regulations. Smaller stores (current Band C members) and online retailers without physical, retail premises will be able to continue their membership until the expiration of the scheme on December 31st 2021.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards will be communicating with retailers in due course setting out their obligations as a result of this decision. In the short term, no immediate action will need to be taken with regard to establishing in store take back facilities but larger retailers with physical premises must note that their obligations will change from January 1st 2021, from which point they will no longer have the option to join the DTS.

As I’m sure you will all appreciate that this decision has been taken in the context of new approaches being required to meet the more ambitious and challenging collection targets in 2020 and beyond.

I would be very grateful if you were able to cascade this update to your respective members and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.

In the meantime, I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and happy new year!

Best wishes,

Defra Policy Advisor