Recyclers of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Germany continue to struggle with difficult market conditions this year. E-scrap arisings have now stabilised at a low level – and there are even occasional reports of slight volume increases – but sales revenues from secondary raw material streams have fallen off markedly. Plant operators also note that many of their costs remain very high. In particular, the waste management fees for glass from monitor equipment have recently risen significantly.
In combination, these effects mean that e-scrap recyclers are paying less for the valuable collection categories and have raised their treatment fees for the other categories. However, due to fierce competition for scarce volumes, plant operators were often unable to adjust their prices to the extent they wanted. This is particularly true for small appliances.
Read the full report on the WEEE treatment market in Germany and access price tables and graphing tools here: