The overall UK WEEE collection target is being increased to 544,341 tonnes in 2016, business secretary Sajid Javid has said.
This target is 22,732 tonnes higher than the 521,609 tonnes collected and reported by producer compliance schemes in 2015, equivalent to a 4.3% rise.
The total is below the collection level the UK needs to meet its EU-set target of 730,450 tonnes. But the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the difference would be made up from substantiated estimates of WEEE arising from other sources, notably light domestic appliances in the light iron waste stream.
Targets have been set based on the average annual growth in tonnes of WEEE collected for each category since 2011.
They include the changed definition since 2014 that allows ‘dual use’ WEEE arising from businesses to be counted if similar equipment is also sold to householders, such as computers, TVs and lamps.
The biggest changes against material collected in 2015 are for the categories of automatic dispensers (251%), medical devices (105%) and lamps (23%), although all are low-tonnage totals.
Those with the greatest total tonnages are single percentage changes apart from IT and telecoms equipment which is up 20%.
Phil Conran, director of consultancy 360 Environmental, said: ”It is encouraging the collection rates have been raised.
“I would though have expected the total for displays to be more challenging since sales are up again, which suggests the amount collected will not be less than last year, especially when dual use comes in.”
The only categories to show reductions in the tonnages sought were displays and photovoltaic panels, by 7% and 3% respectively.