Why recycle electrical and electronic equipment?

The amount of electrical waste we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, which makes it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.
 
This increase is mainly down to:
  • The development of new technologies
  • Affluent society
  • Throw away lifestyle
 
Over 75% of waste electrical goods end up in landfill, where lead and other toxins contained in the electrical goods can cause soil and water contamination.
 
Water and soil contamination can have a very harmful effect on the natural habitat, wildlife and also human health. Where landfill sites are situated near populated areas toxins from waste electrical goods can pollute soil and water supplies. This can cause problems to communities.
 
Many of the electrical items that we throw away can be repaired for re-use or recycled. Recycling items helps to save natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending waste electrical goods to landfill.
 
To minimise our impact on this earth and to protect the environment for future generations it is important that we are all aware of the consequences of our actions and how we can make a difference.
 
Find out more about recycling electronics here.
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