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UK WEEE collections showing resilience and positive trend in recycling of household WEEE


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The Q3 WEEE collection figures published by the Environment Agency reveals that the UK is slightly ahead of the pro-rata 2023 WEEE collections target, with slight shortfalls in only two categories – Large Household Appliances (LHA) and Gas Discharge Lamps (GDL) of 4% and 2% respectively.

2023 WEEE collections are showing resilience by being 1% ahead of the same period in 2022, despite a 5% decline in total EEE placed on the market (POM) this year, compared to the same period in 2022. This highlights the need for a deep understanding of the complexity of factors influencing EEE POM and WEEE made available for collection.

 REPIC’s Chief Executive, Louise Grantham, comments on the Q3 (July – September 2023) EEE placed on the market and WEEE collections data:

 “Total household WEEE collections to Q3 2023 are 1% ahead of the same period in 2022. Collections in most categories are ahead of last year – Cooling, Display and SMW collections being 1%, 8% and 5% ahead respectively, with GDL and LHA falling by 3% and 4%, respectively.

“Total WEEE collections are 2% ahead of the pro-rata 2023 WEEE collections target. There are now only slight shortfalls against the pro-rata target in two categories – LHA and GDL, 4% and 2%, respectively, with all other categories being either close to or slightly above target.

“This is despite total EEE POM to Q3 2023 being 5% behind the same period in 2022. EEE POM has fallen in most categories, the impact being offset by a 16% increase in the amount of PV Panels placed on the market. The most notable reduction is in Display Equipment, which is 21% lower than the same period in 2022. This highlights that there are many different factors that affect the amount of EEE placed on the market and the WEEE made available for collection, there is not always a direct correlation between the two.

REPIC’s ANALYSIS OF THE HOUSEHOLD WEEE COLLECTION – YTD 2022 V 2023

 

REPIC’s ANALYSIS OF EEE PLACED ON THE MARKET (POM) – YTD 2022 V 2023

 

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