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2018 Q3 WEEE Data Released

5th December 2018

Melanie Harper

2018 WEEE Collected Remains Behind Target at end of Q3 


Data released by the Environment Agency shows that the tonnage of WEEE collected between July and September this year is still behind the target despite 2018 targets being dropped by the government. The overall tonnage of WEEE collected fell by 9,292 tonnes with the difference from 2017 Q3 by category and performance against the 2018 Q3 targets as below. 






At the end of Q3 we should see all categories at 75% or higher than the target, but we are currently looking at around 70% and it is unlikely we can make the difference up in Q4

It is unclear if the reasons for the shortfall are due to a lack of WEEE being recycled or that quite a bit of WEEE is being recycled but not reported, putting it outside the WEEE reporting system. Something will need to change to capture more recycling in the system and to increase recycling levels if the UK is to step up to the EU 65% target in the coming years.  We are currently achieving approx. 45% WEEE recycled versus EEE placed on the UK market data.    

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the latest data further, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our WEEE team at weee@complydirect.com.