WOT? Insights into the flows and fates of e‐waste in the UK

dc.contributor.authorStowell, Alison
dc.contributor.authorYumashev, Dmitry
dc.contributor.authorDownes, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-15T06:35:12Z
dc.date.available2022-09-15T06:35:12Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.description.abstractIn 2019 the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive documented a sizable increase in e-waste collection targets alongside a wider scope of electronic and electrical products covered by the legislation. These changes have significant impact for the UK, as for the past two years UK waste collected has failed to meet the newly adopted set of targets. Understanding the flows and fates of products on and off the market becomes of paramount importance, especially for producer-led organisations who have the responsibility to achieve the targets and cover the operational costs. Historic e-waste estimation methods often assume that one product on the market will equate to one product in the waste stream. In this article, we report on a project commissioned by one of the largest UK producer-led organizations – REPIC Ltd, in search of an explanation of the observed dropin products on the market and WEEE collected, and the relationship between the two. We argue that we should move away from “one product in and one product out” assumption to include wider parameters that are tailored specifically for the UK, including those linked with the state of the market for electronic and electrical products and of the wider economy, examples include inflation-adjusted GDP per capita, consumer confidence index (CCI), inflation indices (CPI or RPI), number of households, wealth distribution etc. We show how this can be achieved by adapting a state-of the-art e-waste estimation model (Waste Over Time) to the UK context and developing it further to include additional drivers.en
dc.identifier.isbn978-3-7983-3125-9
dc.identifier.urihttps://depositonce.tu-berlin.de/handle/11303/17469
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-16250
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartof10.14279/depositonce-9253
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subject.ddc500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematiken
dc.subject.ddc600 Technik, Technologieen
dc.subject.ddc300 Sozialwissenschaftenen
dc.subject.othere-waste estimationen
dc.subject.otherWOTen
dc.subject.otherWEEE Regulationen
dc.subject.otherWEEE Directiveen
dc.subject.otherdynamic modelen
dc.titleWOT? Insights into the flows and fates of e‐waste in the UKen
dc.typeConference Objecten
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.editorNissen, Nils F.
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.editorJaeger-Erben, Melanie
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublishernameUniversitätsverlag der TU Berlinen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceBerlinen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.pageend728
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.pagestart723
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.proceedingstitlePLATE – Product lifetimes and the environment : 3rd PLATE Conference, September 18–20, 2019 Berlin, Germany
tub.accessrights.dnbfreeen
tub.affiliationFak. 4 Elektrotechnik und Informatik>Inst. Hochfrequenz- und Halbleiter-Systemtechnologien>FG Transdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in der Elektronik
tub.affiliation.facultyFak. 4 Elektrotechnik und Informatik
tub.affiliation.groupFG Transdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in der Elektronik
tub.affiliation.instituteInst. Hochfrequenz- und Halbleiter-Systemtechnologien
tub.publisher.universityorinstitutionUniversitätsverlag der TU Berlinen
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