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Half of WEEE won't be recycled

One in two waste electrical items will not be recycled under the Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, according to research.

More than 45 million appliances will be so small they will be thrown out with general rubbish, the Industry Council for Electronic Equipment Recycling (ICER) has found.

But more than 90% of the total weight of waste items covered by the EU law will weigh 10kg or more, and so be likely to reach a collection facility.

ICER also estimated that the total cost of complying with the WEEE Directive would be between £63m and £80m for the UK - before transport.

"It is going to be very interesting to see how the costs of meeting the WEEE Directive are shared across the UK's estimated 50,000 producers, as a company's obligation is likely to be calculated on its market share of sales, rather than of waste equipment collected," said ICER director Claire Snow.

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