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 Interestingly, some Member States have started to actively investigate and assess the volumes of all WEEE flows, particularly the complementary streams compared to the quantities handled directly by industry.
In a recent study commissioned by the UK Department of Business, Innnovation and Skills (BIS) for the UK EEE flows1, 273 thousand tonnes of home appliances were found to be treated as metal scrap and 78 thousand tonnes diverted from municipal collection points.
This means that out of the estimated home appliance WEEE generated in the UK: 45% was taken care
of by industry, 36% by complementary flows of commercial operators, 10% was diverted from the municipal collection points and 9% was disposed in the waste bin, mainly small home appliances.
The example of the UK demonstrates that the potential for recovery of materials contained in home appliances is almost fully exploited and accounted for.
1UK EEE Flows 2016. Quantification of the volume of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market (POM) and associated waste produced (WEEE) in the UK. Study commissioned by UK Department of Business, Innnovation and Skills (BIS) in March 2016 and carried out by WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) and Valpak Consulting.

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