Annual WEEE collection targets missed again

Q4 2022 WEEE collection data released earlier this month reveals the annual collections target has been missed for the sixth consecutive year.

A total of 467,517 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) was collected across 2022, which is 9% under the annual target of 511,376 tonnes.

From the 14 waste categories, automatic dispensers, display equipment, and photovoltaic panels are the only three categories to have met their targets. The biggest loss was seen in large household appliances which were 20,000 tonnes under, missing targets by 11%. A comparison of the data reveals that there was 23,969 tonnes less than the same period in 2021, due mainly to the fall in categories one and twelve.

Looking ahead

Robbie Staniforth, Policy Director, explained “As has been the case for several years now, the UK missed the collection targets again. Some producers will have to pay the compliance fee to ensure they meet their obligations.

“The system continues to be locked in stasis as the legislative environment is not stimulating greater recycling or reuse levels. The government is a few years late with their consultation on improving the system. The changes they said they would make in their Resources and Waste strategy, back in 2018, are still a long way off.”

We expect the 2023 household WEEE collection targets to be released imminently. If you have any questions, please contact our team.


Written by Sophie Clelland Published 15/03/2023 Topics WEEE
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