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What are the WEEE Regulations?

What are the WEEE Regulations?The UK WEEE Regulations aim to address the environmental impacts of waste electrical and electronic equipment by reducing the amount going to landfill and encouraging separate collection and subsequent treatment, re-use, recovery, recycling and environmentally sound disposal.

What is the Distributor Takeback Scheme?

What is the Distributor Takeback Scheme(DTS)?The Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) was established as a means for retailers to discharge their obligations under the UK WEEE Regulations to ensure arrangements for customers to recycle unwanted waste electrical and electronic equipment.


What is the producer compliance fee?

What is the producer compliance fee?The producer compliance fee was introduced to the regulations in 2013. It provides an alternative means for producer compliance schemes to discharge their obligations by paying in to a fund where there was insufficient tonnage of WEEE collections to meet their targets or the costs of doing so were excessive.


The DTS Phase IV Fund & the 2016 Producer Compliance Fee

The DTS Phase IV Fund and the 2016 Producer Compliance Fee fund have combined to make funding available to support local authorities and partner organisations. This funding is intended to support activities aimed at increasing the separate collection of household WEEE for reuse and recycling. Applications will be considered from waste collection authorities (WCAs) and waste disposal authorities (WDAs). All applications must be endorsed by a WDA with at least one publicly accessible designated collection facility (DCF) approved by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). All funding from the DTS will be passported through the WDA specified on the application.

Read the documentation

Defra recommend you to take a look at the following documents: Small WEEE Collection and Good Practice Collection and Treatment of WEEE. MobiCycle encourage you to learn about our products and services: MobiBins, and E(lectronic)Advisor.


Choose a partner

The WEEE Local Project Fund has approximately £665,000 to allocate to projects in 2017. Projects must be completed and reported on by Q4 2018. There is a maximum funding cap of £25,000 on project proposals involving a single waste disposal authority.


Complete the application

Funding will be paid in advance of project start up. Larger projects may be considered where a strong justification is provided that it will lead to dramatically increased WEEE collection, re-use and/or recycling rates, or which involves collaboration between a number of waste disposal authorities.

Waste Disposal Authorities (WDA)

WDAs with at least one publicly accessible Designated Collection Facility(DCF) approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are eligible to apply either individually or in collaboration with other WDAs. Waste Collection Authorities (WCA) are also eligible to apply although their application must be endorsed by the WDA in their area where this is a separate authority.
  • WDAs are permitted to submit a maximum of one application for a project covering their own area;
  • WDAs can additionally submit or be a partner in an application for a collaborative project involving a minimum of two WDAs;
  • WCAs are permitted to submit a maximum of one application;
  • There is no limit on the number of applications from WCAs that the appropriate WDA can endorse.
  • Collaboration with producer compliance schemes, waste management companies, local reuse organisations and other relevant partners is encouraged. They are permitted to manage projects on behalf of the lead local authority(s) and with that local authority's support.
    Funding is available to:
  • encourage reuse of whole appliances
  • increase the tonnage of separately collected household WEEE for recycling, particularly small mixed WEEE and ICT equipment, or
  • increase the recycling rate of collected equipment
  • reduce the occurrence of fly tipping of WEEE through, for example, improved communication and availability of legitimate facilities

The fund is not available to support collection of WEEE from businesses.

Key application questions to answer


View the Announcement →
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All applications will be assessed by a panel made up of the following: WRAP, British Retail Consortium, Tech UK, representative of the Devolved Administrations and a local authority representative body and chaired by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Only information submitted on the application will be considered.

The completed form must be signed by a head of service or portfolio holder to confirm that the information supplied is correct and that there is senior management support for the project within the local authority. It must be signed by all project partners including the Waste Disposal Authority through which funds will be passported. All sections of the application form must be completed. Applications should be submitted to: For further information please contact Rima Hussain, Waste and Recycling Team (DEFRA) on 0345 933 5577 or email

Taking into account the scope and cost of the project the following judgement criteria will be used by the panel to assess applications using a scorecard system which will include the following elements:

  1. Environmental benefits:
    • Projected increase in separately collected WEEE
    • Projected diversion from recycling to re-use
    • Projected increased recycling/re-use rate of collected equipment
  2. Projected reduction of the occurrence of fly tipping of WEEE Social Benefits e.g. re-training and educational benefits, impact on low income householders, Community or third sector involvement
  3. Sustainability of key outcomes beyond period of funding, for example ability to be easily replicated or further developed
  4. Extent to which the project fosters cooperation and where appropriate contributions from partner organisations such as PCSs, waste management contractors and third sector
  5. Amount of innovation behind the proposal. Examples could be incentives to use the service or 'piggybacking' on other projects to reduce costs.
  6. Feasibility of project outline and resources, that includes a schedule of work with key milestones, named persons responsible for delivery of key milestones, details of resources allocated, communications strategy, risk management and contingencies
    Per DTS at Valpak (as of September 2017)
  • An application for the DTS project fund must have the endorsement of a Waste Disposal Authority (WDA).
  • All of the funding will be processed through the Waste Disposal Authority if the project application is successful, therefore, I would say that the application is led by the WDA.
  • It is possible for a Local Authority to apply multiple times for funding as long as each project is different and endorsed by a WDA. This could be the same WDA for the different projects.
  • Last year there were approximately 20 successful applications for project funding.

View the Announcement →
Download the WEEE Local Project Fund Application Form →
Download the WEEE Local Project Fund Guidance Document→

Download MobiCycle's Partner Proposal →
Download MobiCycle's Summary Infographic→
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