New research has called for the systemic issues in Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling infrastructure to be addressed.
Address WEEE Recycling Infrastructure before further investment, says study
New research commissioned by Material Focus has called for the systemic issues that are causing waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling infrastructure in the UK to run significantly below capacity to be addressed before any future investment fund is established.
Conducted by sustainability consultancy Anthesis, the research has found that the UK’s waste electricals recycling system is not capturing enough waste electricals through permitted sites, with around 300k tonnes of WEEE lost each year to household and commercial mixed or residual waste.
As a result of these findings, the research concludes it is currently premature to recommend the establishment of an infrastructure investment to build new WEEE recycling capacity and that the current focus should be on making the sector more investible.
To achieve this, the research findings suggest introducing a mandatory waste electrical treatment standard for all sites handling WEEE, designed to deliver a level playing field across the sector, as well as increasing the capacity and capability of material recovery inside the UK, to increase the value of materials recovered.
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