Latest WEEE Collection Data

WEEE collection data published by the Environment Agency last month shows that the WEEE collection rate, as a percentage of that placed on the market, is on the increase despite a fall in the overall tonnage in the amount of WEEE that was collected. The provisional data shows that a total of 112,415 tonnes of household and non-household WEEE were collected for recycling between January and March 2013. This equates to a collection rate of around 30.22% when compared to the amount of new electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placed onto the market over the preceding three years.But, overall the data shows that there appears to have been a decline in the actual amount of WEEE collected for recycling when compared to the same period during 2012, with 125,875 tonnes collected in Quarter 1 2012 and 112,415 t in 2013. There are differing views amongst Producer Compliance Schemes over whether the data supports the suggestion that the WEEE recycling regime will need to be changed in order to attract the tonnage needed to meet increasing recycling targets, which come into effect from 2016. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is expected to publish its response to its consultation on proposed changes to the system next month, with new legislation then due to come into effect by January 2014.

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