The Environmental Audit Committee has published the full government response to their report looking into e-waste and the circular economy. The government has highlighted the potential for online retailers to be obligated to collect e-waste, as well as physical retailers.
Since the 1st of January 2021, large electronic retailers have been obligated to accept waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in-store at no cost to the consumer, following the cessation of the Distributor Takeback Scheme. A move to include online retailers would make it easier for consumers to recycle old electronics and ensure the obligation for online retailers and physical retailers is equal.
Other areas of importance covered in the report include consulting on rolling out kerbside collections for e-waste around the country, and consumer awareness of what and how to recycle. With the Environment Bill being passed through parliament imminently there are additional provisions that could also help to identify the recycling and reparability of products – such as labelling.