REPIC, the largest household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme in the UK, released a research essay titled: ‘Looking Back to Look Forward‘.

Much has been achieved in the fifteen years since the implementation of the first Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations in the UK. From a standing start a national network of collection points operated by local authorities, producers, retailers and many other organisations has been established and in excess of 9.0 million tonnes of WEEE has been collected, treated, recycled and recovered.

During this time there have been significant changes in the composition of WEEE, product technology and our use of electricals, particularly during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the WEEE sector has successfully adapted to manage this.

What does the essay tell us about the WEEE system?

The ever evolving landscape of the WEEE sector was undeniably transformed by a variety of fundamental changes in the past 15 years. Such as the current pace of digitalisation, new and innovative technologies, and changes in consumer purchasing habits.

This new research essay by REPIC highlights key events which have influenced EEE placed on the market (POM) and WEEE available for collection over the last 15 years.

The trends in the flow of EEE and WEEE identified in the research essay

REPIC’s review of the data from the last 15 years illustrates the non-linear relationship between EEE paced on the market and WEEE made available for collection and the reasons for this. It also considers how WEEE arises and is collected, and activities that take place away from the WEEE system.

Understanding the past is a crucial part in planning the future WEEE system

Commenting on the essay, Louise Grantham, Chief Executive at REPIC, adds: “Understanding the past is essential if we are to plan for the future. We need to know how much WEEE is likely to arise, who will be collecting it, required treatment capacity and types of technology needed to treat it and the resources (materials) that will be generated from treatment.”


The WEEE Forum a.i.s.b.l. is an international association representing 51 producer responsibility organisations across the globe. Together with our members, we are at the forefront of turning the extended producer responsibility principle into an effective electronic waste management policy approach through our combined knowledge of the technical, business and operational aspects of collection, logistics, de-pollution, processing, preparing for reuse and reporting of e-waste. Our mission is to be the world’s foremost e-waste competence centre excelling in the implementation of the circularity principle.

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