Electrical waste: retailer and distributor responsibilities

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Use the Distributor Takeback Scheme

You can use the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) instead of providing a takeback service, if either of the following apply:

  • your business sells less than £100,000 of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) per year
  • you only sell online

If your business sells £100,000 or more of EEE per year and has physical stores, you cannot use the DTS after 31 December 2020. You’ll need to take back waste in store or set up an alternative collection point instead.

How the scheme works

You pay a fee that covers your waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) obligations until 31 December 2021. The amount you pay depends on:

  • the size of your business
  • whether you only sell online
  • how much EEE you sell

This money goes towards supporting the recycling centres run by local authorities.

You’ll need to keep a record of what information you give to your customers about where they should take their WEEE.