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2018 WEEE Household Targets Confirmed

4th April 2018

Emily Rice

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have announced the 2018 household WEEE targets. This follows an initial draft of the targets published in March which requested feedback from the industry

You can read our news story about the first draft of the targets here. These targets determine the quantity of WEEE an household WEEE producer must fund, based on their market share. 

The targets for the majority of categories stayed the same from the first draft to the final targets announced on Thursday 29 March 2018.

Where there have been changes, DEFRA explained these as below:

The UK Category 3 target (IT and Telecoms Equipment) has been reduced from the initial proposal as feedback indicated a 10% increase from the 2017 collection level was too high. Trend analysis was moved to 3 years (from 5 years) to take away the spike in collections when the dual use definition was introduced but this produced just a 1% increase which was not believed to be challenging enough, so DEFRA have opted for something in the middle.

Category 11 target (Display) has increased from the initial proposed figure as feedback indicated it was too low. Additional data was supplied on the ratio of CRT to flat panel TV’s that were appearing to be recycled and this was used to estimate what might be expected in the future.

Regarding Category 12 (cooling) a 3% target increase has been deemed appropriate after revisiting re-visiting the POM figure which was used for the initial target. They are now assuming the POM figure will be the same in 2018 as 2017 with an 85% return rate.

Category 13’s  (lamps) initial target was deemed too low and so they have added non-obligated collected tonnages to the target.

Initial Category 14 (PV Panels)target has also been deemed too low; the average was taken off the target generated from the 5 year trend and the initial target which was based on POM data.

If you have any questions about the targets and how this impacts you, please contact your account manager directly or call 01756 794 951