Report/StudySummaryDocuments including WEEE flows/quantities
Electronic waste and the Circular Economy.
First Report of Session 2019–21
House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), 2020: The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee is calling on the government to take action on the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), after it found the UK is “lagging behind” other nations in embedding a circular economy for its reuse. The committee outlines that the government must set “ambitious long-term targets” for the collection, re-use and recycling WEEE, stating that the current system of collection targets in the UK as unclear.48
Electrical Waste - Challenges and opportunitiesMaterial Focus, 2020: Anthesis and partners Lancaster University, Repic and Valpak were commissioned by the Material Focusm, to investigate unreported flows of EEE and WEEE in the UK. Building on previous studies, the objective was to develop a robust inventory of the different routes by which EEE and WEEE flow through the UK economy, to relate to WEEE Directive target setting and as a basis for recommendations to improve recycling. As a result, 21 different flows that influence the UK recycling rate for WEEE were investigated.
Author(s): Mark Sayers; and Richard Peagam.
Survey on consumer behavior when choosing a new handsetVodafone, 2020: As its research with YouGov reveals that 4.7 million Brits admit to throwing a phone away in a general waste bin, Vodafone launches its its new trade-in tool to help overcome the issues that have put people off trading in their phones.
Electrical and Electronic Equipment: Ingredients for Successful Extended Producer ResponsibilityEunonia, DEFRA, 2020: Detailed overview of the Extended Producer Responsibilty system in the United Kingdom, which includes a review of how France, Italy, Finland, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg and Sweden have put the WEEE legislation into practice.48
Independent review into serious and organised crime in the waste sectorHM Government, 2018: This review responds to a current gap in the understanding of serious and organised criminal involvement in the waste industry. A wideranging literature review to understand the current context and background to the subject has been conducted; a call for evidence from the public, the waste sector, regulators and enforcement agencies has been issued; and interviews with experts; and we undertook a number of field visits within England to hear the first-hand experience of Agency staff has been held. This report details the findings from these activities. 48
Switched on to value: Powering business changeWaste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), 2017: WRAP has partnered with industry through the electrical and electronic equipment sustainability action plan (esap) to pioneer innovative business practices that promote a more circular economy. This report demonstrates the effectiveness of collaborating across industry through esap and provides our latest research findings on the opportunities for embracing a more resource efficient society.
The British Gangs Running Waste Rackets to Launder MoneyThe Independent Newspaper UK, 2015: An interesting article on organised crime groups involved in illegal disposal of waste in Scotland.
Environmental management - guidance. Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE): ExportingUK Government, 2014: How to apply to become an approved exporter (AE) and know how to operate legally under the approval.
WEEE Regulations Government Guidance Notes UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), 2014: This guidance provides specific advice about compliance with the WEEE Regulations 2013. It should be read in conjunction with those Regulations and is supplementary to guidance published by the European Commission about the WEEE Directive.This guidance is intended primarily for use by businesses, public and third sector organisations and individuals involved in the sale, purchase and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). There are specific chapters in this guidance covering different groups.
Waste Crime: Tackling Britain’s Dirty Secret.Environmental Services Association Education Trust (ESAET), 2014: The report analyses the waste crime in UK and it is structured as follows: Evidence regarding the nature, scale and impact of waste crime is presented (in Section 2.0); The factors that are contributing to a rise in crime are discussed(Section 3.0) ; The business case for action is analysed (Section 4.0); and Recommendations for tackling the problem are set out (Section 5.0)48
Cracking down on waste crime - Waste crime report 2012-2013UK Environment Agency, 2013: Focus on illegal waste sites in UK. Figures of inspected containers figures of waste prosecutions and fines, there are some data about electronic waste.
Re-use protocols for electrical productsWaste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), 2013: PAS 141 specification has been developed by British Standards Institution to increase re-use of electrical and electronic equipment and to ensure that they are tested and repaired to a minimum level. They have developed a set of protocols based on industry experience that highlight the tests and procedures that should be carried out as a minimum. They form a baseline for electrical product assessment and repair for re-use and can be used as a guideline to product assessment and testing. A total of 15 Product Protocol Guides are available, among others: printer, cookers, dishwashers, home stereo, tablet computers or televisions.
Electrical product material composition.Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) 2012: Overview of updated data within the Market Flows Model of Electronic Products.48
Guidance on the legal definition of waste and its application.Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), 2012: This guidance is aimed at waste operators with good knowledge and understanding of waste management system in the UK as well as anyone who needs to gain a more thorough understanding of the definition of waste. Part two of these documents provides an introduction to the Definition of Waste for those with a less technical background on the subject.
System Failure - The UK's Harmful Trade in Electronic Waste UK Environmental Investigation Agency, 2011: Report deals with the issue of illegal trade in electronic waste in UK.48
Market Flows of Electronic Products & WEEE Materials.Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), 2011: A model to estimate EEE products placed on the market and coming to the end of useful life. Summary data findings for 2009-2020.
Realising the Reuse Value of
Household WEEE.
Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), 2011: A summary of a study investigating WEEE being disposed of via Household Waste Recycling Centres and local authority bulky waste collections, the reasons for disposal, its state of repair, and its potential value.48