WEEE Information - DCF’s

Basic information

A Designated Collection facility (DCF) is the term used in the UK to describe where Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment may be taken to.

DCF’s can be either Local Authority collection sites or may be private collection sites. Some retailers also operate DCF’s.

The Local Authority DCF is often referred to as ‘the tip’ or ‘Civic Amenity Site’, the management of the DCF is often contracted out to a third party waste management company.

At this type of site, provision is made for the consumer to place their electrical waste (known as B2C WEEE) in either of the following containers for

Mixed small WEEE

Lighting equipment

Refrigerators & Freezers

Televisions & monitors

Large household goods (e.g. cookers & washing machines)


Not all DCF’s have to cater for all categories of WEEE and there is specific guidance to follow in this regard. DCF operators are required to follow a code of practice and more detail on the content of such is available.

For example; To apply to become a DCF, the operator must follow guidelines and register their site. Wastes must be segregated and best practices are to be followed.

There may be an element of funding for operators of DCF’s and further information is available.

WEEE that is collected at a DCF can be aligned to a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS). In this event it is wise for the DCF operator to enter into commercial arrangements with the PCS in question.

The value of WEEE that is collected at the DCF is subject to further commercial arrangements. It is important to note that most WEEE has a value (both in terms of material value & as WEEE Evidence).


This is a snapshot of some of the basic information you may need to know about DCF’s.

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