WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment)

Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment

EV Battery health concerns are the biggest barrier to used-EV sales, says new report

Addressing barriers to the second-hand EV market could help encourage over 17 million UK drivers to make the switch to electric, according to study. The...

Illegal WEEE exports lower than expected, but concerns remain, says study

A comprehensive two year investigation into countering illegal exports of WEEE across Europe has revealed that 10 times more WEEE is mismanaged and discarded...

Trash totem: ‘Mount Recyclemore’ sculpture appears on Cornish beach

A giant Mount Rushmore-like sculpture of the G7 leaders’ heads, made entirely of discarded electronics, has appeared on a beach near Carbis Bay. The...

Greater Manchester calls for a repair revolution

Greater Manchester is marking Repair Week 2024 (11-17 March 2024) with a rallying call for a ‘repair revolution’, as an eye-opening new survey reveals...

UK households still stockpiling old gadgets, says Royal Society of Chemistry survey

UK households are continuing to stockpile electronic devices and failing to recycle them, it seems, with early August seeing the publication of the results...

Vape producers in the UK failing to meet environmental regulations

Sales of disposable single-use vapes are now around 138 million per annum* For all the disposable single-use vapes sold in the UK...

Scanning software prevents scanners going to landfill

VueScan, a firm claiming to offer the world's most widely used scanning software, says it has prevented over 412,500 scanners from going to landfill...

Vodafone announces circular economy plan to extend life of mobile phones and increase reuse...

Vodafone announced "a major initiative" on 23 February to extend the life of new mobile phones and encourage customers to trade in or recycle...

E-waste rising five times faster than e-waste recycling rates

A record 62 million tonnes of e-waste was produced in 2022, up 82% since 2010, and it is on track to rise by a...

Scottish seaweed sparks idea to boost electric vehicle batteries

Materials from Scottish-grown seaweed could help to improve the life-span and charge time of lithium-ion batteries used for the likes of electric vehicles, with...

Free riders bypass WEEE duties, but is it time to simplify legislation?

A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in August called upon government’s to tackle the problem of “online free riding”

Managing and reducing e-waste from PCBs

Have you ever wondered what happens to your electronic devices when you replace them? Phil Simmonds, Group Managing Director of electronic manufacturing services provider...

Research breathes ‘new life’ into lithium ion battery packs

Novel separation techniques to recover high-value metal compounds from automotive battery packs are being explored as part of a £14 million research consortium. The AMPLiFII...

EU rules compel manufacturers to make repair easier

The European Parliament voted on 23 April to adopt new rules on the so-called “right to repair” for consumers, which aim to make it...

UK electrical retailer runs battery collection service in October

Throughout October, Currys PCWorld home installation teams will be offering to take away customers’ used household batteries for recycling when they deliver and install...

Turning WEEE into gold: The Royal Mint to build South Wales plant

The Royal Mint has announced plans to build a "world first" plant in South Wales to recover gold from UK electronic waste. The facility...

EU project aims to play leading role in addressing e-waste

An EU project is attempting to lead the European electronics industry towards more sustainable materials, design, manufacturing methods, and improved circularity and energy efficiency,...

Commercial production first for PC/ABS pellets from WEEE

Plastics recycling and technology company MBA Polymers announced on 22 April it has started the first commercial production of post-consumer PC/ABS pellets from...

Firms launch circular economy solution to prevent millions of tonnes of e-mobility waste...

A new partnership aims to demonstrate how bespoke circular-economy batteries can tackle the mounting problem of e-waste, specifically in relation to electric vehicles. Aceleron, a...

Figuring out the details: EV batteries and the circular economy

A circular economy for electric vehicle batteries appears to be still some way off, but metal recycling expert EMR claims to be making inroads,...