Data has been published which shows the amount of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placed on the market and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) collected in the UK under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations between January and March 2014.
With the introduction of the new regulations at the start of the year, this data provides an insight into how the new system is working.
Clarity Environmental’s Managing Director, David Adams, said the quarter one data reveals no great surprises about the amount of electronic items places on the market. “Once again, the data on collections shows the amount of WEEE collected is down, which continues to be driven by the reduction in the weight of modern televisions.”
“It does, however, show evidence of the new regulations, which states that retailers with a sales floor space of over 400m2 must now offer free take-back for small WEEE, with no obligation on the consumer to buy a replacement. The latest data shows an interesting movement of 14kt from traditional designated collection facilities (DCF) to in-store take back. With more of the larger retailer’s now having to offer a free of charge in-store take back for customers, and as more become aware of this convenient option, we are likely to see these figures increase.”
Read more about the WEEE data for Q1 in our June edition of Clearview.