WEEE Recycling

Posted on: 22 May 2019

DEFRA set challenging new WEEE collections targets in 2019

Challenging new targets have been set by DEFRA for WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) collections in the UK for 2019. Producer compliance schemes will need to collect an additional 58,000 tonnes of WEEE to meet the new collection target of 550,577 tonnes for 2019, Defra has revealed.

The new collections target for WEEE is around 12% higher than the total amount of household WEEE collected and reported by compliance schemes in 2018. Such demanding targets are however required in order for the UK to meet EU goals of collecting equivalent to 65% of the weight of WEEE placed on the market during the three previous years, up to now the target level has stood at 45%.

Concerns have been raised by producer compliance schemes over whether the proposals are achievable, particularly with recent reports from CIWM that younger householders are less likely than those over 60 to recycle electrical items, preferring instead to sell them online.

At the McGrath Group we are fully licensed to collect and dispose of WEEE at our materials recycling facilities. All WEEE materials are recycled in full compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations and all IT items are erased and destroyed in full compliance with the Data Protection Act, with the entire process being carried out in compliance with the Hazardous Waste and WEEE Directive.

Our digital data capture systems enable us to provide complete chain-of-custody reporting from collection to final destination. Electronic waste transfer notes are issued for all materials we manage in compliance with your Duty of Care obligations. We therefore offer our clients assurance that not only is their WEEE processed correctly but delivered with professional and comprehensive reporting to match.