From the 1st January 2021, large electronic retailers will be obligated to accept waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in-store at no cost to the consumer.
The changes to recycling obligations will require retailers who have a turnover for sales of electronic equipment in excess of £100,000 to provide a takeback service for WEEE into their stores from 2021.
Previously, under the WEEE Regulations, electronic retailers could meet their requirement to fund the collection of WEEE by either offering in-store takeback or by joining the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS). The DTS allowed the money paid by participating retailers to be used to support infrastructure and projects aimed at improving WEEE collection rates.
With phase 4 of the DTS scheme ending in December 2019, an interim phase 5 has proceeded through 2020 and will continue into 2021 for e-commerce businesses. However, this ends for retailers with a physical store on the 31st December.
It is estimated that the number of drop off points consumers will be able to use for their WEEE will increase from around 400-500 to 10,000 across the UK.