WEEE collection targets revealed

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Old used batteries and accumulators of various types, damaged and broken under the influence of acid, ready to be sent to a recycling point. Waste electrical and electronic equipment - WEEE concept.

Environment secretary Steve Barclay has set producers of electronic waste a target of collecting almost 10,000 extra tonnes of the material from the waste stream this year.

He announced that the household WEEE collection target would be 482,335 tonnes in 2024, a 2 per cent hike on the volume picked up in 2023.

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The target for photovoltaic panels has increased by almost a tenth from last year’s haul to 504 tonnes, while display equipment collection needs to rise by 7.6 per cent this year.

In contrast, the target for large household appliances is exactly in line with the 2023 haul of 159,273 tonnes.

There is also no rise in the amount of refrigerant-containing cooling appliances required to be picked up.

However, electrical-waste producers could still end up paying for collections beyond the aspirations set out in the document.

“If additional tonnages of WEEE are collected, so that the target is exceeded, the regulations guarantee that all WEEE arising at local authorities will be financed by producer compliance schemes,” said the government.

A report from the United Nations found that 62m tonnes of electronic rubbish was created in 2022, an increase of some 28m tonnes since 2010.