WEEE: household e-waste collected in the United Kingdom (UK) 2013-2019

The quarterly volume of collected household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has varied since 2013. Volumes peaked during 2016, with 150,993 metric tons collected in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2019, 118,570 metric tons was collected. The UK is one of the biggest producers of WEEE in the world.

Types of e-waste

WEEE, often referred to as e-waste, is electronic products such as phones, computers and lights that are discarded at the end of their useful life. Large household appliances such as fridges, microwaves, and washing machines make up the largest volume of the nation’s e-waste. In the fourth quarter of 2019, 45,231 metric tons was collected, which was the most collected since the second quarter of 2017.

E-Waste a growing problem

E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, and there are health concerns over the way it is disposed of. Large amounts are exported to developing countries. With a lack of proper waste management, electronics are often burnt, resulting in the likely contamination of soil, water and food.

Household WEEE collected in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1st quarter 2013 to 4th quarter 2019*

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

Q1 2013 to Q4 2019

Supplementary notes

* WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
Figures include waste collected by Producer Compliance Schemes and their members.

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