Re-use of WEEE from household waste recycling centres (HWRCs)

This report considers the opportunities to maximise the re-use of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) products disposed at HWRC sites.

Research indicates that only 7% of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collected at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) is currently re-used. However, the trial evidence estimated that approximately 23% could be re-used with only a small degree of refurbishment and repair.

The project used four trials to identify the key issues, potential solutions to barriers and provide an economic analysis to identify the most cost effective options.

The project involved four trials:

• Trial I – Items collected from designated bays at HWRCs;

• Trial II – Items collected from lockable containers at HWRCs;

• Trial III – Re-use organisation set-up as a Designated Collection Facility (DCF); and

• Trial IV – Items collected from bulky uplifts

Key Findings

• Raising and maintaining public awareness is important to optimise re-use opportunities;

• Co-ordination and co-operation between stakeholders is important to optimise re-use;

• Optimising repair knowledge and expertise is required to maximise re-use;

• Use of containers at HWRCs increases the amount of products that can successfully be re-used.

  • During Trial I, 22% of LDAs and cooling equipment that were uplifted from the HWRC were successfully re-used; however, during
  • Trial II, 68% of items uplifted were re-used

• Trial IV had the highest net benefit (per item) of all trials

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