The Environment Agency have recently published data on WEEE collected throughout Q1 of 2017, providing an insight into UK performance against the WEEE collection targets set by government.
In total, 133,406 tonnes of WEEE were collected during the Q1 period which is more than 22,000 tonnes short of where we’re expected to be at this stage in the year. Importantly, if we compare this to the same period in 2016, almost 14,000 tonnes less WEEE has been collected this year so far.
Some of you may remember that during 2016 there was an overabundance of LDA (Large Domestic Appliances) and cooling appliances appearing in collection systems. This over collection was likely due to more of this type of waste appearing in WEEE collection systems, funded by producers, due to low commodity values.
The target in 2017 for LDA was correspondingly increased to take into account a likely abundance of material in the system. At first glance, one would expect 2017 Q1 LDA collections to be at least in line with 2016, especially given the issues of over collection in this material in the second half of last year, yet the 2017 collection figure is not only lower than this year’s target, but also lower than the amount of LDA collected during the same period in 2016 as well.
As a whole, whilst it appears the UK is underperforming, it should be noted that UK targets increased by 14% from 544,251 tonnes to 621,990 tonnes, and quarter one usually sees lower activity in comparison to the remainder of the year. We will have a clearer picture of UK performance emerging when the Q2 collection figures are released.
In the meantime, producer compliance schemes will be comparing the national data trends against their own individual performance to identify key areas of improvement to plan for their future fulfilment of obligations.
If you would like to discuss your WEEE compliance with our team, please contact us on 0845 094 2228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
James joined the compliance team in August 2012 and now holds the role of technical manager. He is responsible for managing all regulator requirements across packaging, WEEE and batteries compliance regulations, and for overseeing our WEEE and batteries collections. In particular, James takes an active interest in quality improvement both for clients' data methodologies and internally to improve business efficiency.
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