What do we see?
In 2019, 68kt of WEEE were processed in Flanders. Of this, 78% was recycled. Ferrous and non-ferrous metals were the most efficiently recycled. At 31.8kt, ferrous metals also form the biggest stream within WEEE. Plastics and the other categories are partially incinerated with energy recovery and partially landfilled.
What’s the aim?
In a circular economy, we need to use, reuse and recycle materials as much as possible to avoid serviceable materials being destroyed and in order to preserve the value of materials as long as possible. Only when materials can no longer be recycled can they be incinerated with energy recovery. Landfilling waste is the absolute last resort. The recycling potential of WEEE is influenced by a number of factors, including the quality of the materials and the increasing complexity of the composition of EEE. When designing EEE, extra effort could be made to ensure that devices can be repaired and recycled.
What does this indicator measure?
This indicator shows how the different streams of WEEE are processed in Flanders each year. The data was provided by Recupel.