The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations came into force in January 2007 with the aim of reducing the amount of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) going to landfill. They require 'producers' and 'distributors' to finance the collection, treatment and recycling or reuse of this problematic waste steam.
There are ten categories of EEE which include small household appliances and electric tools like power drills and lawnmowers. It is therefore very likely that most garden centres will be considered as distributors. For further information, please see the HTA WEEE Information Sheet.
The easiest way for HTA members to meet their WEEE obligations is by joining the Distributor Take Back Scheme (DTS). This is operated by Valpak on behalf of the British Retail Consortium, of which the HTA is a member. Benefits of DTS membership include:
The third phase of DTS is now open for HTA members to join. Many have done so in the previous two phases, and we encourage all members to take this opportunity. The previous two phases were each valid for three-year periods, but DTS3 will ve valid for the next four years, i.e. 2013-2016 inclusive.
Membership fees are based on three tiered categories depending on the amount of WEEE produced/distributed. Most HTA members fall into Category B or Category C. The membership fees for these categories are:
Category B: £170 (re-joining members) and £190 (new members)
Category C: £60 (re-joining members) and £80 (new members).
For further information on the categories click here.
The deadline for signing up to DTS Phase 3 is 21 February 2013. We urge all members to take up this benefit without delay.
To register click here or call Valpak on 08450 682572.