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Conditions on German WEEE management market shift again

Collection lorry carrying end-of-life refrigerators and freezers
Treatment prices for fridges, freezers and other large
appliances have shifted considerably
27.07.2021 − 

High commodity prices continue to shape developments on the German market for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The steep rise in ferrous scrap prices has caused treatment prices to shift considerably, in particular for white goods and refrigerators and freezers.

Overall, the market is described as mainly calm and balanced. The effects of the recent flooding in parts of western Germany are not clear yet. However, recyclers are concerned about the coming year when they will be required to comply with Germany’s new WEEE treatment regulation. Many respondents say it is still unclear how this legislation will be implemented in practice and what the resulting effects will be.

Arisings slow after post-lockdown surge in 2020

Arisings of WEEE have continued to slow in recent months. The overall volumes of e-waste on the market are lower now than in the spring and markedly lower than in the second half of 2020. While some recyclers described the decline as merely a normalisation of WEEE volumes and say their plants are still well supplied, there are also some reports that arisings have dropped off sharply.

In southern Germany in particular, there has been a substantial decline in the volumes of monitor equipment as well as small appliances. The eastern part of the country, where school holidays start earlier in some federal states, is already seeing the summertime slump that was typical for the market in the past. Once the summer holidays are over, most market participants expect volumes to return to pre-pandemic levels for the rest of the year.

The full report on the WEEE treatment market in Germany appears in the print and e-paper issues of EUWID Recycling & Waste Management (15/2021) published on 28 July. Online subscribers can access the report immediately here:

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