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Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

Volume 462: debated on Monday 25 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many in-store take back schemes the Government expects to be set up as a result of the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. (144916)

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires that distributors supplying electrical and electronic equipment to household end users provide facilities for WEEE to be returned free of charge. The UK’s implementing regulations give distributors two options for meeting this obligation: they can offer in-store take back of old equipment when consumers buy a replacement item or they can join the Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS) which supports a network of primarily civic amenity site collection facilities where their customers can return their WEEE.

There is no requirement under the WEEE Regulations to maintain a register of distributors who provide in-store take back. Currently DTS membership represents some 75 per cent. of EEE retailing. Figures on the number of in-store take back schemes are not available.