A RECORD 53.6 MILLION METRIC TONNES OF E-WASTE WAS GENERATED LAST YEAR
• UK RANKED WORST OFFENDER FOR EXPORTING UNDOCUMENTED E-WASTE GOODS
• 30% OF IT AND TELECOMS WORKERS DO NOT KNOW YOU CAN RECYCLE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
We are all being encouraged to be more eco-friendly and recycle as much as we can on a daily basis.
But, while recycling unwanted plastic, cardboard and food waste is now part of our routine, it seems that we are more reluctant when it comes to disposing of our old electricals.
Indeed, the majority (57%) of workers say they would not recycle electrical and electronic equipment which is a concern as our working ways evolve.
The pandemic has accelerated the move away from the traditional office desktop computer to mobile devices such a laptops and tablets, which offer more convenience as we can use them around the house as we work from home.
Sales of desktops in 2020 are down 50%, according to data from Stone Group and if businesses and public sector organisations are replacing them for mobile devices such as laptops it suggests that as many as 50% of desktop computers could be redundant in the UK.
Around 20% of UK workers say their workplace would recycle old IT equipment, but are unsure how and shockingly, 30% of people who work within IT and Telecoms did not even know you could recycle electrical and electronic equipment.
E-waste is a health and environmental hazard, containing toxic additives or hazardous substances yet proper e-waste management can help mitigate global warming.