The British Retail Consortium was still locked in negotiations with the government over the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive as the final consultation document was published this week.
Under the directive, which comes into effect next August, producers will be responsible for the recycling or safe disposal of worn out electrical goods, while retailers will be responsible for collecting them.
This will either be through instore take-back or via alternative collection facilities.
The government had originally asked retailers to stump up £10m to fund WEEE collection activities.
However, the BRC has since been talking to the DTI about setting up cheaper alternatives such as recycling banks or arranging for skips to visit retail parks. Third party logistics companies are also keen to get involved in WEEE collection.
The government was required to transpose the directive into UK law by August 13, but is unlikely to be able to do so until November, when the results of the final consultation will be in.