X

WEEE target concerns amidst Sims closure

Following Sims Recycling Solutions’ announcement last week that it plans to withdrawal from the WEEE market, there is now a concern in the sector over whether the UK will be able to meet WEEE collection targets.

The recycling firm has decided to offload areas of its “loss-making” assets, a large part being the WEEE recycling operations run by the company. This is after claiming that it has become “commercially unattractive” due to a changing market and legislation.

Sims hold a large share in the UK’s WEEE processing capacity; approximately 25% over eight operating facilities. The statement comes after collection figures for the first three months of the year revealed that the UK is slightly below target for 2014 so far.  This has prompted some concern in the sector, despite BIS describing the figures as “encouraging” last month.

Although the doors are closing on Sims, we remain optimistic the target can still be met. ecosurety continues to develop our network of evidence suppliers to ensure the security of our members’ obligations.

Read the full story here


James Piper

Non-executive director

James Piper is a non-executive director of Ecosurety, having previously taken on the role of CEO for nearly five years when he was now focused on leading the development of new products and services that not only benefited producers, but helped to drive change for good and a positive impact on UK recycling.


Written by James Piper Published 07/07/2014 Topics Compliance

Useful links


2022 half-year WEEE collection data below target

The Q2 WEEE collection figures for 2022 reveal that the UK is, once again, unlikely to achieve the annual target.  

Read More >>

Ecosurety recognised as a 2022 Best For The World™ B Corps for its governance

Ecosurety has once again been named a 2022 Best for the World™ B Corp™ in recognition of its outstanding its governance. The organisation received its first award under the same impact area in 2021.

Read More >>

Defra publish consultation on mandatory food waste reporting

The consultation forms part of government’s National Food Strategy and asks respondents for their views on several potential measures surrounding business’s responsibility to report the amount of food waste they produce.

Read More >>

Get in touch