As you know, Great Britain will leave the EU on 31st December 2020. However, the EU directives on producer responsibility for electrical appliances, packaging and batteries have been incorporated into British law, so despite Brexit, the UK will continue to operate in accordance with these directives for the foreseeable future.
For you as a producer of electrical equipment and/or batteries, as well as a licensed distributor of packaging with a valid registration in the UK, nothing will change. Please continue to report your quantities to us so that we can pass them on in time to ensure that you can sell in the UK in accordance with the law.
If you do not have a valid registration but you are already selling to the UK, you must register within 28 days of the date on which the product was placed on the market. On the way to a successful registration we are of course happy to assist you. We have been successfully offering our registration service in Great Britain since 2014 and have helped several hundred customers to register. We currently work with 3 British producer compliance schemes and can therefore cover the entire spectrum for small, medium and large producers.
End of the DTS (Distributor Take-Back Scheme)
Distributors of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) for use in private households (typically retailers or online sellers selling directly to private end-users) must either
- offer in store take-back of old electrical appliances on a "one for one", like for like basis, or
- join the Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS).
The DTS exists since 2007 and is operated by Valpak Retail WEEE Services. It enables members to be exempted from the take-back obligation for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) when a new, equivalent electrical and/or electronic equipment is purchased. The DTS is the only system that offers members an alternative to offering take-back for all WEEE categories except PV modules. There is a separate system for PV modules.
Distributors selling new electrical and electronic equipment in the UK from retail stores with a sales area for electrical and electronic equipment of more than 400 m² must offer take-back facilities for very small WEEE, whether or not equivalent new equipment is purchased. The DTS alternative for retailers that meet this requirement in 25% or more of their stores is to make an additional payment to the DTS of 25% of the applicable fees.
However, if your company has reached an annual sales value of £100,000 or more in EEE and has actual stores in the UK, you will not be able to use DTS after 31 December 2020. You will need to take back waste equipment in the store on a 1:1 basis or set up an alternative collection point instead.
For distributors with a sales value in EEE of less than £100,000 and online merchants selling to private end-users, who are members of the DTS the current membership will continue until the scheme's termination on 31 December 2021.
If you have any questions about product compliance (electrical appliances, batteries, packaging) and Brexit, Florian Spreu from take-e-way will be pleased to answer them if you call +49/40/750687-159 or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.