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Local Authorities assess WEEE alternatives

In the wake of the ongoing confusion regarding the payment of WEEE collection costs from certain producer compliance scheme operators, DHL's WEEE scheme has reported a surge in the number of local authorities actively seeking an alternative provider.

While several of the larger WEEE compliance scheme operators have been embroiled in protracted discussions on the topic of evidence notes, costs and the long-term viability of some schemes, local authorities have been left in the crossfire, according to DHL's Paul James.

He said: “Understandably, this period of what can only be described as 'posturing' between some WEEE scheme operators has done little to sooth the fears of local authorities who require professional, consistent and efficient WEEE collections from their CA sites. Clearly, the recent problems with some PCSs not paying suppliers has affected the continuity of service provided to a number of CA sites.

Consequently, DHL has been approached by a number of local authorities asking about our WEEE collection service and in particular the security that a large organisation such as DHL can offer. In the last week alone, we have commenced discussions with half a dozen authorities, unhappy with their current WEEE scheme.

“We already have strong long-term relations with local authorities and WEEE recyclers across the UK, and the financial integrity to bring confidence back to the WEEE market. The last thing authorities want is instability and recent wobbles involving some of the biggest names in the emerging WEEE market has created a lot of unnecessary uncertainty among local authorities.

“DHL's undisputed transport capabilities, its service-oriented culture, long-term commitment to the waste market and strong financial stability have made it an obvious choice of alternative provider to many authorities”.

To find out more about DHL's WEEE compliance service go to www.DHL.com/weee.

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