Large retailers take back WEEE in-store

Since the 1st January 2021, large electronic retailers have been obligated to accept waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in-store at no cost to the consumer, following the cessation of the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS).

For the public, having access to retail stores all across the country is a great improvement in the convenience of WEEE recycling, especially for smaller household items that may well have ended up in general waste.

Clarity has been working with its producers in the lead up to this change, and we have been delighted with the response to our bespoke collection and recycling service. We have been able to offer tailor made takeback services to suit both the individual producer and their customers. The feedback from retailers so far has been overwhelmingly in favour of the recycling provision, and we are looking forward to sharing insights into any behavioural change over the coming months.

As a reminder of the changes for retailers, takeback must be offered on a one-to-one basis where a product can be returned when another is bought. A receipt will be considered proof of sale, and as long as an old item is returned within 28 days of a receipt being issued it will be accepted. Small items of WEEE will have to be accepted, irrespective of purchase, if the retailer has more than 400m2 of retail space.

 

"For the public, having access to retail stores all across the country is a great improvement in the convenience of WEEE recycling, especially for smaller household items that may well have ended up in general waste."

Vikkie Fitzgerald, Head of WEEE Compliance at Clarity Environmental

A toolkit has been developed by the consumer change group Recycle your Electricals, in conjunction with the Office of Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) and BEIS, which is a fantastic resource for retailers looking to meet the correct standards for public messaging, point of sale information, staff training, marketing and more. Please do get in touch with Clarity if you require a copy.

There is no doubt that this is a positive change for the way consumers can recycle their old electricals, and for any retailers wishing to see the benefits of working with Clarity for their takeback requirements, please do get in touch through the usual channels.

Vikkie Fitzgerald

Head of WEEE Compliance

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