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Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy

Inquiry

The Environmental Audit Committee re-launched an inquiry into Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy on Friday 13 March. This inquiry will explore how the UK could reduce its environmental impact, create economic opportunities and maintain access to critical materials by better managing and minimising its e-waste.

Evidence submitted to the inquiry in the previous Parliament will be carried forward, but the Committee welcomes any additional written evidence on some, or all, of the following points:

Implementing a Circular Economy for Electronic Goods

  • What steps are being taken to move towards a circular economy for electronic goods? How can the UK Government support this transition?
  • What is the environmental and human health risk from e-waste? How significant is it and who is most at risk?
  • How can secondary markets for electrical goods be improved? What incentives are required to implement these markets?
  • Why does recovering materials from electronic waste pose a significant challenge? What support is required to facilitate the adoption of recovery technologies?

UK’s Electronic Waste Sector

  • Are UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collection targets achievable? What challenges do UK producer compliance schemes and WEEE reprocessors face in meeting the collection targets?
  • What causes fraud in the UK’s e-waste system? How can this be addressed?
  • What action can the UK Government take to prevent to the illegal export of e-waste to the developing world?
  • What proposals does the UK Government need to consider as part of its consultation on WEEE?
  • Is UK public awareness of e-waste recycling satisfactory? If not, how can it be improved?

Read the call for evidence for more information about this inquiry.

Read an interactive summary of our report.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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First Report - Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy
Inquiry Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy
Committees Environmental Audit Committee
HC 220
Report
Response to this report
Third Special Report - Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report
HC 1268
Special Report
Third Special Report - Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report
Inquiry Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy
Committees Environmental Audit Committee
HC 1268
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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17 September 2020
Inquiry Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy
Witnesses Chris Preston (Deputy Director of Waste and Recycling at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs), Malcolm Lythgo (Deputy Director of Waste Enforcement and Regulation at Environment Agency), and Rebecca Pow MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Committees Environmental Audit Committee
Oral Evidence
16 July 2020
Inquiry Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy
Witnesses Samsung, Fairphone, TechBuyer, Robert ter Kuile (Worldwide Director of Environmental Affairs at Amazon), Matthew Manning (Head of Compliance and Recycling Operations at Dixons Carphone), and Beko
Committees Environmental Audit Committee
Oral Evidence
25 June 2020
Inquiry Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy
Witnesses Fidra, Basel Action Network, Libby Peake (Head of Resource Policy at Green Alliance), Ugo Vallauri (Co founder and policy lead at The Restart Project), Martyn Allen (Technical Director at Electrical Safety First), and Susanne Baker (Associate Director for Climate at techUK)
Committees Environmental Audit Committee
Oral Evidence
EWa0031 - Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy
Witnesses Steven Domb (Business Consultant at Think Plan Win)
Committees Environmental Audit Committee
Written Evidence
EWa0034 - Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy
Witnesses Critical Minerals Association
Committees Environmental Audit Committee
Written Evidence
EWa0023 - Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy
Witnesses TechBuyer
Committees Environmental Audit Committee
Written Evidence