The WEEE collection target has been increased by 16,000 tonnes for 2016
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has increased its 2016 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collection targets following the release of collection data for 2015, which suggested that the initial target was not ambitious enough.
The initial WEEE collection target for 2016 set by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was 528,687 tonnes. The data for WEEE evidence published by compliance schemes originally suggested that 512,000 tonnes of WEEE had been collected in 2015.
The Department for Business set the initial target based on the annual average growth of WEEE collection since 2011. However, the figures from the Environmental Agency for complete tonnage of WEEE collected in 2015 show that some WEEE collections had not been accounted for in the original figure.
The new data shows that more than 521,000 tonnes of WEEE was collected by compliance schemes last year. Large household appliances and cooling appliances made up the largest percentage of WEEE collected in England and Wales in 2015, at more than 290,000 tonnes.
As a consequence of this, the Department for Business has increased 2016’s target to 544,341 tonnes. Compared to the initial 2016 target, the new figure for this year has increased by 16,000 tonnes, however, it is a long way off meeting the EU’s target of 730,000 tonnes.
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Groundbreaking electronic waste facility to open in Hong Kong
The cutting-edge e-waste facility is being developed by ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions Hong Kong, which is part of the German ALBA Group, and is forecasted to recycle around 56 million tonnes of electronic waste every year.
ALBA IWS celebrated the commencement of building work at their Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Treatment and Recycling Facility on January 21 and were joined by officials from the Environmental Protection Department and the Hong Kong government.
The facility is being constructed at the EcoPark in Tuen Mun and is being funded by the Hong Kong government to tackle the problem of increasing e-waste; Hong Kong creates an estimated 70 million tonnes of electronic waste each year. The Hong Kong Government and ALBA IWS have signed a contract which stipulates that the latter must build and operate the facility and provide a collection service throughout Hong Kong until 2027.
Mr. WONG Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment. “Key partners of this joint venture include ALBA … and IWS, a recyclable collector rooted in Hong Kong. We are confident that with their extensive experience in the environmental industry, they will be able to proactively source regulated e-waste within the community for proper treatment at the facility…”
The WEEE Treatment and Recycling Facility will employ over 280 people from the local area. The workers will sort through all the electronic waste that is collected by the facility and separate any electronic goods that are considered usable from those that are to be broken up for their materials and parts. Any e-waste that is considered toxic will be handled in a controlled environment that will meet all health and safety regulations.
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