Conditions for WEEE recyclers remain difficult in Germany

14.08.2019 − 

Weak metals prices, persistent difficulties in selling plastics and higher costs for sorting and treatment are among the challenges WEEE recyclers face in Germany. The increases were due in part to the reclassification of the collection categories and the expansion of the scope of Germany’s WEEE legislation to include more items containing electrical components, such as furniture. Other contributing factors include the ever growing share of flat-screen displays and the increasing number of items with built-in batteries. As a result, the e-waste management market continues to be in a state of upheaval.

Most market participants describe supplies of WEEE as good. There were only scattered reports of declining volumes or slight seasonal dips in recent months. The positive assessment of the e-scrap arisings generally applies to all collection categories, but volumes are particularly abundant in the small appliance category. Because the value of this equipment is low, some players had withdrawn from this market segment and some treatment facilities had been idled, EUWID was told. Consequently, the plants that continued to accept small appliances were being "swamped”, one recycler said.

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The full report on the WEEE treatment market in Germany also appears in EUWID Recycling & Waste Management 17/2019 published on 21 August.

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