REPIC hits 3 million tonnes WEEE milestone

REPIC recently announced that it has passed a significant milestone, having financed the recycling of over 3 million tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in the UK.

The provider of WEEE producer responsibility compliance solutions has been arranging the collection and treatment of WEEE on behalf of its producer members since 2007.

5 people standing in front of a REPIC-labelled fridgeTo mark the occasion, Louise Grantham, REPIC’s Chief Executive, visited Gap Group (NE) Limited’s fridge processing and recycling plant in Gateshead to see first-hand the WEEE being treated on REPIC’s behalf.

The occasion presented an opportunity to express thanks to the scheme’s producer members, service providers, waste management companies, and local authorities who have worked with and supported REPIC in achieving this milestone.

REPIC’s Chief Executive, Louise Grantham, said: “We are proud of our 3 million tonnes achievement. We also recognise that significant milestones are not achieved alone but in collaboration with all of our partners.

“This accomplishment is about celebrating success collectively and saying a huge thank you.

“At a time when the recycling of e-waste has never been of greater importance, it is important to recognise what can be achieved when we work collectively to improve standards, minimise losses from the system and maximise collection levels.”

REPIC has recently conducted a review of the reported UK EEE and WEEE data from the last ten years, considering how the trends identified impact the future UK WEEE system and where data and reporting can be improved.

Collecting robust data is vital in the accurate assessment and management of used and waste electrical flows.

The upcoming review of EPR for WEEE, set to take place this year, presents an opportunity to consider changes that would enhance the current system and improve the circularity of electricals. 

REPIC’s review titled: ‘How EEE and WEEE has changed over time’ looks back at EEE and the relationship with WEEE, and assesses what it could mean for future WEEE management.

The analysis explores some significant changes in EEE coming onto the market since the WEEE Regulations were introduced, including a switch in TV technology, the growth of PV panels, the effect of housebuilding and other economic factors, the change to LEDs, and the further potential for growth in digitalisation and smart appliances.

The analysis also highlights that the nature of EEE and WEEE has changed significantly, with economic, market and technological factors affecting the amount of WEEE that arises.

This pace of change is likely to continue, so an EPR solution for WEEE needs to be agile to accommodate this and be specific to this unique waste stream.

The full review will be published on REPIC’s Resource Hub in the following weeks.

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