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WEEE collection rate drops in Q1

Collections of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) fell in the first quarter of 2018 against the position a year earlier.

Statistics from the Environment Agency show the household WEEE total was 120,706 tonnes compared with 136,720 tonnes in 2017.

For non-household WEEE the figures were 1,928 and 2,711 tonnes, respectively.

Mark Burrows-Smith, chief executive of producer compliance scheme (PCS) Repic, said of the fall in collection rates: “We know there are a number of factors that influence the amount of WEEE collected through the PCS network, and understanding the relative importance of these using figures from one quarter alone is difficult.

“A more informed analysis of target achievement will be possible once more data is available later in the year.”

Figures for electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market by PCSs also showed a fall. This totalled 291,799 tonnes in Q1 2018 against 313,951 in Q1 2017.

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