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UK gives funding boost to WEEE

September 7, 2015

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will offer a financial boost to local councils to increase WEEE recycling.s300_department-for-business-innovation-skills

In a press release, the UK government department announced the fund of £775,000 ($1.1 million/€1.06 million) for “reuse and recycling of old electricals”, with councils in the UK “urged” to bid for support from the new scheme. The Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS) and WEEE compliance fee together contributed to the fund, and as such the funding has come from “retailers, suppliers and manufacturers” of electrical equipment.

Councils can bid for up to £40,000 ($61,070/€54,717), while consortium bids of up to £100,000 ($152,675/€136,793) will also be allowed. The government department stated that all proposals “must be submitted” to the government department by 30 October 2015, as well as being “endorsed by the appropriate waste disposal authority”. In terms of a breakdown for the fees, the DTS will contribute around £400,000 ($610,700/€547,173) and the WEEE compliance fee around £375,000 ($572,531/€512,974).

Anna Soubry MP, UK Business Minister, commented: “We have around £1 billion ($1.5 billion/€)1.3 billion worth of electrical equipment in our homes which we no longer use but which still has real value. This business-led fund can help drive up levels of collection, re-use and recycling of unwanted electrical equipment. The fund will also help divert electrical waste from landfill and reduce waste by promoting the re-use of electrical appliances.”

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