Data published by the Environment Agency (EA) last week (April2) has suggested that the UK has exceeded its 2014 waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) target, after an inconsistency in data caused confusion as to whether the targets were actually met.
In February this year, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced that the UK had exceeded its 2014 490,000 tonne WEEE target by collecting 491,007 tonnes (See CIWM Journal Online story).
This was called into question, however, when the EA published provisional data in March, which suggested that the UK may have been 10,000 tonnes short of the overall target.
Revised data published by the EA last week (April 2), however, has confirmed that the UK has exceeded its 2014 target by collecting 494,254 tonnes.
The figure is an increase in the original data published in April.
The new WEEE regulations were introduced in 2014. They saw a 4% increase in collections compared to 2013, and estimated savings to producers of electrical equipment in excess of £18m, according to BIS.
The new WEEE regulations were introduced in 2014. They saw a 4% increase in collections compared to 2013, and estimated savings to producers of electrical equipment in excess of £18m, according to BIS
The new regulations implemented commitments under the environmental theme of the Red Tape Challenge to reduce producer compliance costs and transposed the requirements of the recast WEEEdirective that included new collection targets imposed on member states.
The news comes after BIS revealed that the collection target for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) will rise by around 16,000 tonnes for 2015. (See CIWM Journal Online story)
The final target sets out that for 2015 compliance schemes will be obligated to collect 506,878 tonnes of WEEE.
BIS released a paper earlier this month outlining the proposed 2015 WEEE household collection targets, which included a total target of 508,000 tonnes.
Producer compliance schemes (PCSs) and stakeholders were asked to provide feedback on the proposed targets. As a result some amendments were made.
The overall target, however, remains above the collection levels needed to achieve the EU member state target of 484,661 tonnes for 2015.