Second quarter WEEE collection figures released by the Environment Agency are up overall compared to the first half of last year but include a reduction in large domestic appliance (LDA) numbers.
During the first half of 2013, 135,105 tonnes of household, non-household and non-obligated LDAs were collected but this dropped to 104,364 tonnes over the first six months of this year.
For household LDA, the collection figure for the quarter was actually up from 37,347 tonnes to 39,596 tonnes but, in his blog, 360 Environmental director Phil Conran raises concerns about whether the UK will yet be able to reach its target of 490,000 tonnes for all WEEE.
He wrote: “There were expectations that Q2 would see a catch up on LDA after a difficult bedding in period under the new evidence system that removed the ability to trade, but this doesn’t seem to have happened.”
The total for all WEEE in the second quarter actually rose to 120,088 tonnes from 112,504 tonnes but Conran warned: “The fact that this year, compliance schemes must meet specific collection targets means that these figures take on a new meaning compared to previous years.”