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Allocation scheme

At DPA, we calculate the distribution among producers of quantities of end-of-life electronics and batteries to be collected at the recycling centres. The geographical distribution is based on producers’ market shares and the mandatory take-back obligation.


Local authorities

Annual “shift"

The allocation period runs in the period from 1 September to 31 August every year. Every year DPA calculates the quantity of waste electrical equipment and portable batteries that compliance schemes or individual compliers are to collect from households. Allocated quantities are picked up from the municipal collection sites/recycling centres. The calculation and the practical execution are called “the allocation scheme” or the “annual shift”; this is because some local authorities will see that new compliance schemes and operators will call on their sites to replace the collection equipment delivered to the site.

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Cooperation between local authorities and producers

The allocation scheme involves many players and calls for a practical cooperation between compliance schemes and their operators, the local authority, and operational staff at the sites.

In addition to the calculation of the producers’ market shares and the share of the take-back obligation DPA must collect and publish the following information to be used by affected players:

Link up to compliance scheme

If you have chosen to comply with your producer responsibility individually and you have placed products for use in households or portable batteries on the market in a certain quantity you may be allocated with take-back of waste electronics and portable batteries from municipal collection sites, just like businesses affiliated to a compliance scheme.

This means that for a period of twelve months and within a specific geographical area your business must comply with its take-back obligation by picking up a proportionate share of waste electronics per category or portable batteries corresponding to the products you have placed on the market. This take-back obligation is called the ‘allocation’.

DPA notifies on allocation

As soon as DPA can see in the calculation of the allocation that individual compliers can be allocated with a take-back obligation in a municipality the business in question is notified.

Assuming collection and ensuring environmental treatment of end-of-life electronics or portable batteries is a very challenging task in terms of administration, logistics, and communication. Therefore, most businesses choose to join a compliance scheme.

A compliance scheme is an offer for each individual producer to carry out, among others, the take-back obligation. This is done against payment. The recovery of waste electronics often generates revenues, so it is recommended that the producer negotiates with the compliance scheme when entering a membership agreement.

The final allocation is published by DPA on 1 June, so allocated businesses must have settled the organisation of their take-back obligation before that date.

How to do it:

When you have chosen a compliance scheme, the affiliation is created in the producer register as follows:

  1. Log into DPA
  2. Choose menu item: “Category selection and reporting” and ”Compliance schemes”
  3. Off every category you choose the compliance scheme in the drop-down list. Click Save.

Now the compliance scheme will receive a request that it can accept. If the compliance scheme accepts the request, the official link to this compliance scheme has been established.


Collection sites

See requirements for municipal collection sites, including description of electronics fractions

Regional sites 2021-2022

See regional collection sites for large quantities of waste electronics from households and similar

Collection equipment and pictograms

See producers’ collection equipment and the standard pictograms used by local authorities

Operators and compliance schemes

See contact information of waste carriers and operators calling on municipal collection sites further to the annual allocation


See who picks up end-of-life electronics and portable batteries at the municipal collection sites

Statistics for collected electronics

See volumes of waste electronics collected in the municipalities

Statistics for collected batteries

See how many batteries are collected in the municipalities

Cooperation between local authorities and producers

See guidelines for the cooperation between local authorities and producers, including requirements for sorting and pickup at collection sites