The UK Government has proposed that retailers and producers finance the home collection of electronic waste (e-waste) for recycling from 2026.

The proposal is intended to provide British households with more convenient options for disposing of e-waste during their regular shopping trips.

Under the new plan, the financial responsibility for e-waste disposal will be shifted from taxpayers to retailers.

Major retailers will introduce free collection drop points for electrical items in-store.

In addition, retailers and online sellers will collect unwanted large electrical items like fridges or cookers when delivering a replacement.

The proposed measures are a response to the significant amount of small electrical items, nearly half a billion, that were sent to landfill last year.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

It also comes after a study on public attitudes and behaviours revealed that around three-quarters of UK adults are willing to recycle their electricals at their local supermarket, electrical retailer or charity retailer.

UK Recycling Minister Robbie Moore said: “Every year millions of household electricals across the UK end up in the bin rather than being correctly recycled or reused. This is a sheer waste of our natural resources and has to stop. 

“We all have a drawer of old tech somewhere that we don’t know what to do with and our proposals will ensure these gadgets are easy to dispose of without the need for a trip to your local tip. Our plans will also drive the move to a more circular economy and create new jobs by making all recycling simpler.”

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a ten-week consultation, during which, it will engage with manufacturers, retailers and small businesses to come up with the most efficient and accessible options.

In July this year, Defra launched a consultation on the draft regulations for its extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for packaging.