The recently published Q3 collection data indicates a steady progression toward the annual target, currently reaching 76%.
From July to September, 120,999 tonnes of household WEEE was collected, marking an almost 2% increase from Q2 this year.
Moving into Q4, traditionally affected by the Christmas period, it is more difficult to predict whether the annual target will definitely be met. However, this year's results are more promising compared to previous years, where by the end of Q3 2022, only 69% of the annual goal was achieved.
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 have any questions about the collection targets, please do not hesitate to contact our team.