Are you concerned about e-waste? If not you should be!
Over half a billion small electrical items ended up in landfill last year in the UK. And to give another perspective, a person born in 1980 will generate around 500kg of e-waste in their lifetime – or 8 times their body weight. If you calculated how much would be produced by a person born in 2024, I suspect it would be many times that!
🌟✨ I started the new year with an interview on Sky News on e-waste and recycling in my capacity as a director of Rubbish Ideas! This interview was sprung on me with less than an hour’s notice. However, it wasn’t difficult to highlight how important this issue is.
The good news is that the government is setting up a scheme for collecting some of our e-waste. Not such good news is it’s too little, too late.
We should be making more durable products so less is thrown away, repairing our electronic goods, re-using as much as we can, and recycling the rest. Such valuable materials with very high environmental impacts have become yet more disposable items.
This interview was sprung on me with less than an hour’s notice. However, it wasn’t difficult to highlight how important this issue is.
We need more Rubbish Ideas promoting the circular economy. Have a look at what Connor Bryant and Jack Schneider, at Rubbish Ideas, are doing with their Rubbish Tracker, which helps events companies track materials through the supply chain thereby significantly increasing recycling and re-use.