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UK misses the 2017 WEEE collection target

With the release of Defra’s WEEE collection figures, all predictions made towards the end of 2017 have been realised.

Unfortunately the latest figures reveal that the UK as a whole has missed the WEEE collection targets in all but Category 14. The overall shortfall was close to 100,000 Tonnes of WEEE across all categories – around 16% of the total target.

Compliance fee

With such a shortfall, compliance schemes will be required to fall back on the WEEE compliance fee, used when schemes are unable to gain enough evidence to cover their total obligations. The proceeds from the fee are used to support projects that encourage WEEE recycling and support collections.

As the graph above outlines, each of the Categories (except 14) missed the target. This means that for compliance schemes payment of a fee on their individual shortfalls will have to be made, the exact amount determined by how far each individual scheme is from the target.

What does 2018 look like?

With the UK collection targets likely to remain the same or similar for 2018, and decreasing amounts of Household EEE being placed on the market, this year may well be just as challenging, if not more so, for compliance schemes.

If you would like to discuss your WEEE compliance, please contact us.


Anna Quantick

Key account manager

Anna has many years of account management and packaging data support experience with a huge variety of clients.


Written by Anna Quantick Published 07/03/2018 Topics WEEE

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