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London Remade warns much needs to be done ahead of WEEE implementation

Over 166,000 tonnes of household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is produced in London every year, according to new research by Enhance.

Axion Recycling was commissioned to estimate the material flows of household and business to business (B2B) WEEE in London with funding from the London Development Agency and Environment Agency.

Estimates put the amount of WEEE that London will produce by 2010 at about 200,000 tonnes a year and estimate that 75% could be acquired for recycling.

London Remade programme manager Hugh Smith said: Enhance is undertaking more research into the flows of WEEE in London. We are already using the information to help establish and develop recycling businesses and social enterprises to manage Londons growing WEEE problem.

The organisation feels there is much to be done to handle the amount of WEEE that will be generated in the capital, ahead of the directives introduction. Enhance identified that steel and plastic represent 69% of the total amount of recyclable material and the electrical fraction represents 16%.

It is currently undertaking further research into B2B WEEE.

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