REPIC launches new WEEE project with Lancaster University

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Collections of WEEE has fallen in the second quarter of 2017

WEEE producer compliance scheme REPIC has launched a new research project with Lancaster University to suggest possible improvements to WEEE forecasting and help shape UK recycling policies.

Researchers will look at electrical equipment on the market and its lifecycle as well as data about collection and recycling of WEEE.

They will investigate the socio-economic factors which have led to higher or lower collected WEEE tonnages against the 2017 targets set by Defra.

Collections of waste electrical and electronic equipment has fallen in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period 12 months earlier.

Mark Burrows-Smith, REPIC CEO, said: “From the collection data that we have seen so far this year it is clear they buy and dispose model for target setting is challenges at times of economic change.”

In October, Defra launched a consultation on potential changes to the WEEE system, which could affect how some items are classified and their targets.

Preliminary results are due to be issued in February 2018.

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