Composition and re-use potential of household bulky WEEE in the UK

How many items of bulky WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) are disposed of via local authority kerbside bulky waste collections and at Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) could be re-used?

The research recorded all bulky waste by analysing call centre logs for bulky waste kerbside collections, compositional analysis of kerbside collected bulky waste for re-use potential, and surveying individuals depositing bulky items at HWRC’s.

How much could be re-used?

Over 40% of WEEE items collected at HWRCs were visually assessed as being suitable for re-use. Adding in those items that were assessed as suitable for re-use following minor repair, the figure rises to more than 60%.

The figures are for the whole of the UK in 2010/11.

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