WEEE collections fall short of 2017 targets

UK collection targets for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) for 2017 have been missed, according to the latest statistics from the Environment Agency (EA).

Released on 1 March, the figures for Quarter Four of the 2016/17 financial year, when added to the totals for the rest of the year, show that 522,901 tonnes of household WEEE were collected by producer compliance schemes in 2016/17, some 100,000 tonnes short of the target of 622,033 tonnes for 2017. This is significantly smaller than the 581,415 tonnes collected in 2016.

In terms of individual WEEE categories, Large Household Appliances and Display Equipment fell significantly short of their targets, with 182,189 tonnes and 54,188 tonnes collected against 2017 targets of 232,811 tonnes and 71,267 tonnes respectively.