SERIOUS MONDAY: BRITS NEED TO STOP BINNING ELECTRICAL GADGETS

Brits need to stop binning electrical gadgets

One of Britain’s largest electrical retailers is calling on the public to recycle more electrical waste.

On the first anniversary of the WEEE initiative (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), Comet has revealed that almost 70 per cent of UK households are still putting electrical gadgets in the bin.

The firm says research shows that while many people now religiously recycle all their plastic, paper and glass, they still don’t recycle any electrical gadgets.

According to Comet, the amount of electrical rubbish we generate every year in the UK would fill the new Wembley Stadium six times over.

A spokesman for the company says: “Although there has been an improvement in the recycling of electrical goods, people still tend only to recycle larger items like fridges and dishwashers, but all electrical items such as toasters, radios and ice cream makers can be taken to local electrical amenity sites and recycled – and we’d like to encourage more consumers to do their bit.”

The WEEE regulations were introduced in July last year and require manufacturers to pay towards recycling schemes while stores and suppliers must offer to take back old goods from customers.

The new regulations were introduced to help combat the growing amount of e-waste which is going to landfill sites – estimated at around 1.2 million tonnes per year.

So, why is it that we recycle our everyday waste, but simply bin old electrical gadgets – a lot of which contain dangerous chemicals in their parts?

Well, I’m sure it could have something to do with the fact that few people have easy access to facilities that will take their cast-off radios, computers or games consoles.

Try siting electrical “bins” alongside the containers for paper and plastic – and I reckon they’ll soon be full to overflowing.

Alternatively, maybe we need a few more entrepreneurs like this one around 

Susan

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