Setting challenging yet realistic WEEE collection targets is an important part of the UK WEEE system, however data on the flows and fate of end of life EEE is currently limited. As well as assisting in future target setting, gaining a better understanding of this will help government in setting future policy, such as identifying undesirable, or illegal disposal routes that need to be addressed, and assist the WEEE sector with future resource planning.
As the UK’s leading WEEE compliance scheme, REPIC is keen to support this process and to this end, the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University was commissioned by REPIC to independently investigate and report on existing models and methodologies for EEE and WEEE forecasting, to identify the gaps in available data and make recommendations for future work. A key aspect of the research was the investigation of what additional factors, such as socio-economic data, could be included in future modelling to improve estimates on the generation of EEE and WEEE.
REPIC is pleased to publish a summary of the results, which outlines ways to improve future modelling, gain a better understanding of the amount of WEEE which will be available to meet increased targets and obtain better information on the flows and fate of EEE and WEEE. The report establishes a template with which to properly model potential EEE and WEEE flows of the future – more accurately describing the relationships between EEE put on the market and the waste generated.