We can tell a lot about the future of waste electricals recycling in the UK from the government’s first quarter figures on WEEE collections.
The data, which was released earlier this month by the Environment Agency, shows that, in most categories of WEEE, collection volumes are up. Next to this, where volumes are falling that is usually down to product lightweighting and other technological advances, like flat screen TVs displacing the old-style cathode-ray-tube televisions.
The data is also informed by the introduction of the dual-use-interpretation in the UK, which has applied since 1 January 2015. This interpretation now means that where a product is assumed to be both B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-consumer), it should be reported as B2C. In the long run, this change in the legislation should significantly boost recycling rates of waste electricals as more WEEE is considered dual use and reportable as B2C.
WEEE Man - representing the amount of WEEE the average household throws away in a lifetime
ecosurety welcomes contact from producers of EEE who would like to establish if they are still reporting correctly, and are therefore compliant, under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013.
Please feel free to contact our WEEE compliance specialists on 0845 094 2228 for more information on reporting requirements.
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.
Join our specialists in this free 20 minute webinar to discover what the market conditions are for WEEE recycling, what impacts recent policy may have on your obligations and how the UK is performing against European targets. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
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