Producers and retailers of electrical equipment have launched a fund of £665,000 aimed at supporting projects, led by local authorities, to deliver increased levels of re-use and recycling of waste electrical equipment.
Proposals are now sought from local authorities working with partner organisations that are innovative, sustainable and which aim to drive collections of waste electrical equipment for re-use and recycling.
Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: “With more than a million tonnes of electrical equipment waste generated in the UK each year, it is encouraging to see that around 60% is already being recycled or reused. We want to build on this, and today’s funding will help support creative local projects that encourage us to do even more to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.”
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations ensure that producers and distributors of electrical equipment finance the cost of its collection and proper treatment when it becomes waste. The funds announced today come from Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) and the Compliance Free mechanism both established under the UK WEEE Regulations.
The DTS is supported by retailers and internet sellers and the WEEE compliance fee receives funding from UK manufacturers and importers of electrical equipment.
Further information and application packs are available from firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for applications is Friday, 29 September 2017.