The recently released Q3 collection figures show the annual target is still on track to be met, with a progress of 76% towards the target.
The latest results cover household WEEE collected from July to September, with a total of 120,999 tonnes being picked up. This is nearly a 2% increase compared to the amount of WEEE collected in Q2 of this year.
We expect collections to drop during Q4 due to the Christmas period, so it is difficult to tell whether the annual target will definitely be met. However, results are much more promising than in previous years, with only 69% of the annual target having been met by the end of Q3 2022.
All categories are on track, apart from Category 1 (large household appliances), Category 10 (automatic dispensers) and Category 13 (Gas discharge lamps and LED). We expect all categories to hit the 75% target for Q3, so Categories 1 and 13 are only just below the target.
Policy manager, Louisa Goodfellow, commented “Although inflation remains high, meaning an expected drop in household spending and purchasing of electricals, the subsequent decrease in waste electrical collections does not seem to have occurred yet. This means the UK could well meet its target, or not fall significantly below it, by the end of the compliance year. Although the compliance fee will likely still be used for 2023, it might not be to the same extent as previous years where collections have fallen well below the national target”.
We expect the Q4 figures to be released in March next year.
If you would like any further details regarding the collection targets, please contact our team.