In the second quarter of 2023, the WEEE collection figures show that a total of 118,953 tonnes of WEEE has been collected from households across April – June, which is a 3% increase compared to Q1 collections.
All categories of WEEE are expected to have increased by 50% towards the target at this point in the year. All categories are currently on track to meet this, other than automatic dispensers and cooling appliances.
Ecosurety’s Policy Manager, Louisa Goodfellow, commented: “It appears that decreased collections seen last year, attributed to inflationary and cost of living pressures, are starting to alleviate. Although transport and treatment costs are likely still higher than usual, only two categories are below 50% at the mid-year mark. Additionally, consumer spending may be increasing and responsible for increased collections when compared to 2022 in categories such as small household appliances.
Although much delayed, the latest from Defra is that we can expect the consultation by the end of this year. We anticipate this addressing long-standing issues in the system, including proposals for better data collection once products become waste”.
This 14 October is International eWaste Day, promoted by Material Focus. We hope that this will promote a continued increased in household WEEE collection next quarter.
If you have any questions about the Q2 2023 collection figures, please get in touch.
Sophie's main focus is managing WEEE compliance, especially within the B2B sector. In her role she ensures members remain compliant, provides essential training and gives advice on scoping.