Published on December 7th, 2017 | by The GC Team0
Q3 WEEE collections behind expectation
Mark Burrows-Smith, CEO of REPIC, the largest WEEE producer compliance scheme in the UK, has commented on the Environment Agency’s Quarter Three (September-November 2017 UK WEEE collection figures:
“The quarter three data shows that for the vast majority of streams, WEEE arisings in the UK are behind expectation. It is unlikely at this stage of the year that the UK will reach all of the targets set, despite schemes collecting all the available WEEE.
“The industry is experiencing a period where less WEEE is entering the system, due in part to the flat, and in some categories, falling sales of EEE which has a direct impact on consumer recycling behaviour. At the same time, we have a mix of commodity price effects, with higher scrap prices resulting in fewer large household appliances making their way into the system, and lower plastic prices impacting other waste goods.
“It is clear that target setting is very difficult in times of economic change and this reinforces our independent research project with Lancaster University to examine how future forecasting can be refined to take into account the wider socio-economic trends that lead to the availability of WEEE.”