UK Government Sets Ambitious Targets for Electronic Waste Recycling in 2024

The UK government has unveiled its household Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collection targets for the year 2024.

Amidst escalating worries regarding the environmental impact of electronic waste (e-waste), the UK government has reinforced its commitment to sustainable waste management practices. Mandated by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013, these targets aim to ensure the responsible disposal and recycling of electronic products across diverse categories.

The total household WEEE collection target for 2024 has been established at 482,335 tonnes, marking a 2% increase from the previous year. This uptick underscores the government’s dedication to effectively managing electronic waste in an environmentally conscious manner.

Outlined within these targets are specific collection objectives for various electronic equipment categories:

  1. Large Household Appliances (LHA): A target of 159,273 tonnes remains consistent with the previous year, buoyed by steady scrap metal prices and collection rates.
  2. Small Mixed WEEE (SMW): With a target of 137,185 tonnes, the government aims to leverage communication campaigns and consumer take-back schemes to bolster the recycling of small electronic devices.
  3. IT and Telecoms Equipment: Setting a target of 41,415 tonnes, a 4.6% increase from 2023, reflects technological advancements and heightened electronic device usage.
  4. Display Equipment: With a target of 46,239 tonnes, the government addresses the surge in display equipment disposal, adjusting targets to align with increased volumes stored in 2023 for 2024 targets.

Phil Conran, chairman of the AATF Forum, expressed satisfaction with the revised targets, noting that while more ambition could have been applied, Defra has taken significant steps in the right direction.

Moving forward, stakeholders spanning various industries, from producers to retailers and consumers, are poised to play a pivotal role in realizing these targets and fostering a sustainable paradigm for electronic waste management in the UK.


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