WEEE collection figures for 2018 fall short of target once again

Official figures for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the UK in 2018 show that the amount of WEEE collected for recycling in the UK has once again fallen short of targets – despite targets being set to increase again for 2019.

Released last week (1 March), the latest figures from the UK’s Environment Agency (EA) reveal that across the 2018 calendar year, 492,532 tonnes of household WEEE were collected by producer compliance schemes (PCS), falling some 44,500 tonnes short of the 2018 target of 537,065 tonnes set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The 2018 figure is a decrease from the amount collected in 2017, which stood at 525,079 tonnes.

Despite falling short of the overall targets once again (the 2017 targets were missed by around 100,000 tonnes) Defra is set to increase the targets for 2019, pushing the collection target up to 550,132 tonnes. This would represent an increase on the 2018 target of around 13,000 tonnes. In order to meet the proposed target, total WEEE collections in the UK would have to increase by 12 per cent on the amount of WEEE collected in 2018.