The final WEEE collections results for 2021 were published this month and the Q4 data reveals that 97.4% of the national target was achieved.

The target was missed again for the fifth consecutive year, but it is not all bad news. Compared to 2020 the results are a good indication that WEEE collections are returning to pre-pandemic levels and compliance schemes will rely less on achieving their obligations via contributions to the Compliance Fee.

Approximately 30,000 tonnes more household WEEE was collected in 2021 compared to 2020, with a total of 490,540 tonnes achieved. It is believed that this is attributable to reduced lockdown measures and increased opening of Household Waste Recycling Centres.

2021 WEEE collection results

Most categories increased in 2021 collections compared with 2020, including for small household appliances, consumer equipment and IT and telecomms. Collections fell however in category 1 – large domestic appliances – and medical devices.

Build on these successes

Robbie Staniforth, Head of Policy commented “The end of year picture is much more positive than last year’s, and in fact, more positive than anticipated. The improved collection figures stand as a testament to the hard work of the thousands of people involved in collecting, sorting and recycling. It is also a consequence of citizens re-engaging with recycling their electricals post-lockdown.”

“Fortunately, it means producers will not be over-reliant on the Compliance Fee in order to fund the system. The compliance fee fund helps to support recycling initiatives but it is not a substitute for financing the real recycling that takes place around the country every day. We anticipate that Defra will be looking to build on these successes, rather than re-invent the wheel with their anticipated consultation later this year.”

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