The market for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling in Germany continues to be characterised by relatively low arising volumes and rising costs. Revenues generated from the recycled materials are still below last year's high level but have not declined any further in recent months.
However, recycling plant operators say that sales of plastics reclaimed from e-scrap are very problematic. In addition to growing cost burdens in various areas, e-waste recyclers are grappling with increasing fire risks due to the higher share of equipment containing batteries.
Most players surveyed by EUWID said that arisings of WEEE have stabilised at a low level. Occasionally, though, there were reports of unexpectedly high intake volumes, which matched or even exceeded the prior-year level. This is very surprising given that sales of new equipment are so sluggish, according to respondents.
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