Assessing the Amount of Non-Obligated WEEE Recycled in the UK Light Iron Stream

13th May 2014

This report sets out the methodology for data collection and interim findings of WRAP's study into non-obligated WEEE recycled in the UK light iron stream.




Between 4-5 million tonnes per year of light iron is recycled in the UK annually. The recycling process used on most light iron observes the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive.   

A certain amount of WEEE is included in the light iron stream and is correctly processed and recycled, but is not reported or counted as WEEE. This is known as non-obligated WEEE.

Large domestic appliances (LDA) form a proportion of this non-obligated WEEE. Data collection trials took place in 2013/14 which estimated LDA to be around 11% of the light iron stream. It is possible that the LDA could potentially count towards the UK’s WEEE recovery targets.

A summary report sets out the methodology for data collection and interim findings. A full report with further data confirms that 10.87% (+/- 2.4%) of the light iron processed is LDA.

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