Since the WEEE Regulations came into force there has been a reporting gap between the weight of sales of electrical and electronics equipment (EEE), WEEE collections and treatment.
This is because unreported activity is difficult to characterise, engage with and quantify. It includes:
- second-hand sales
- reuse and repair
- undocumented storage and export
- illegal disposal and incorrect administration
A number of studies have been conducted into unreported reuse, collection, storage, treatment and disposal of WEEE. However, these are relatively high level and focus on specific streams.