The current situation
Currently, the total demand for plastics in Europe amounts to about 50 million tons per year. The electronics production sector accounts for 6.2% or 3.1 million tonnes of this. The officially collected and recycled quantities of WEEE plastics account for about 700,000 tonnes.
However, we know from the CWIT study that a good proportion of unofficially collected WEEE is recycled in the EU. Combining the two studies, we can assume that the total amount of WEEE plastics in the EU is of the order of 1.4 million tonnes. This means that just over half of the plastics used in new electrical and electronic equipment are becoming recyclable WEEE plastic material.
Based on research and its own observations, EERA assumes that the plastic content of the main categories and the breakdown of the weight of the WEEE categories according to the Urban Mine Platform is as shown in the picture