U.K. behind on WEEE target

U.K. behind on WEEE target

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The U.K. is not on target to meet the 45 percent recovery rate of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) by 2016 as required by the European Union's WEEE Directive.

According to numbers from the U.K. Environment Agency, published by letsrecycle.com, the household WEEE recycling rate for the first three quarters of 2012 dropped when compared to the same period in 2011. The data reveals that 406,231 tons of WEEE were collected between January and September 2012, compared to 419,887 tons collected during the same period last year.

The U.K.'s collection rate for household WEEE was 47.2 percent between January and September of 2012, compared to 48 percent for the same period in 2011. According to letsrecycle, an overall WEEE collection rate for this period cannot currently be calculated because figures for business (as opposed to household) WEEE placed on the market will not be available until March. However, tonnages collected during this time frame are similar to those collected last year, during which the U.K. achieved a 38 percent collection rate, leaving much work to be done to achieve the required 2016 rate of 45 percent.

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