Latest WEEE figures suggest UK may miss 2018 targets

The UK Government has released the latest statistics for the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) collected in the UK, with 126,000 tonnes of household e-waste collected in the third quarter of 2018.

Environment Agency figures show that for the first nine months of 2018 altogether, 378,200 tonnes of household WEEE were collected, with large household appliances such as fridges and washing machines the most commonly collected items at 128,559 tonnes. Just over 6,000 tonnes of non-household WEEE were collected during this period.

In order to be on course to reach the 2018 collection target of 537,065 tonnes of household WEEE, the total amount of WEEE collected after nine months would have to be more than 402,798 tonnes – the statistics show that the figure is slightly short of that.