UNITAR Update of WEEE Collection Rates, Targets, Flows, and Hoarding – 2021

The European Union (EU) Directive 2002/96/EC and Directive 2012/19/EU. have legislated Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) management since 2002

A new publication, prepared in partnership between UNITAR and the WEEE Forum and its members, provides key statistics of WEEE flows and collection rates in the EU-27, Norway, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Iceland from 2010 to 2021 by integrating several data sources,.shows that None of the targets are being met!

This report is an update of the timeseries of the previous study “In-depth Review of the WEEE Collection Rates and Targets in the EU-28, Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland” by UNITAR. Data on Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Placed on Market (POM) and WEEE collection managed by formal collection systems.

The study reveals that the amount of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Placed On Market (POM) in the 27 Member States of the EU, Norway, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Iceland increased from 9.8 million metric tonnes (Mt) in 2010 to 13.3 Mt in 2019 (25.2 kg/inhabitant).

The WEEE generated also shows an increase of 2.1 Mt, from 8.3 Mt in 2010 to 10.4 Mt (19.6 kg/inhabitant) in 2021.

The documented formal collection of WEEE shows an increase of 1.8 Mt, from 3.8 Mt in 2010 to 5.6 Mt (10.5 kg/inhabitant) in 2021.

See full report HERE