Archive for June, 2018

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June

8 Million Pound Compliance Fees to Boost Recycling

Recycling Computers

Great news, it has been announced around 8 million pounds of compliance fees will be given to the E-waste recycling industry over the next 3 years. These are from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Directive; they will be used to fund projects which increase recycling and reuse.

A much-needed Investment

Back in 2015, this fund generated just 45 thousand pounds to be used in technical research projects. The 8 million pounds which have been raised will be divided up; 1 million pounds of this is set aside for research and 3 million is for encouraging behavioural change. Finally, 4 million pounds has been segmented for local projects which aim to boost both re-use and recycling.

The Future

Due to the growth in this fund, it’s thought that this will have a dramatic impact on the way both the UK WEEE operates and functions. It will also help to change attitudes locally and nationally to recycling electricals in the correct way.

With no urgency to spend the money quickly, the focus will be on ensuring that it has the most impact.

Tackling E-Waste

Although recycling of electrical goods is on the rise here in the UK. Globally more than 44 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated in 2016. Only 20% of this was recorded as being recycled and could have been worth around $55 billion.

E-waste is something that will continue to grow if consumers aren’t aware of both the damage they cause the environment and the money they could make.

With cash to be earnt by recycling properly, it’s a surprise so many gadgets end up in the bin or general waste! If you’d like to see how much yours could be worth visit www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk

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June

Renewable Energy to Produce Gadgets

Samsung Renewable Energy

Could renewable energy become something we commonly see in the production of mobile phones?

The mobile giant Samsung announced this week they will be using 100% renewable energy in the future for all its factories based in EU, USA and China. In their promise, they also stated they will use renewable energy in their offices based in the same countries.

Last But Not Least

Unfortunately, this may seem like an incredible feat for Greenpeace and those who value ethics in a company; however, many tech companies are already switching to renewable energy sources. So for some, it may seem like they are a little delayed; however, with such a large company, it’s no surprise as changes on this scale take time to plan.

On the surface any step in the direction of renewable energy is a good one; Samsung is starting at home, with their own manufacturing and offices. Unfortunately, parts of their businesses are based outside of these countries. This means although they will be 100% using renewable energy, their products won’t be.

The Future of Renewable Energy

It’s not all doom and gloom though; Samsung is the first electronics manufacturer in Asia to set a renewable energy target. It’s thought that with the encouragement of brands like Samsung, other companies will also take this responsibility on board.

This isn’t something that will happen overnight either; Samsungs renewable energy targets are set to be reached by 2020. It’s thought if companies like Samsung and smaller manufacturers begin making this change; others will begin to follow suit, or risk being replaced by those who do.

Helping Others

Fortunately for those working with Samsung as a supplier; its aim is to identify the energy needs of its top 100 key suppliers and help them towards the same targets. This is going to be a multi-layer project, but it could mean by 2020 phones are even less harmful to the environment.

It’s a lot to commit to in a relatively short period of time; we’re really pleased to see at least part of the electronics and gadget industry making big steps towards a greener future. Although we may never get away from our phones using resources and harmful chemicals; if we continue to recycle mobile phones and laptops in the right way, coupled with renewable energy, we’re on the right track.

For those who want to make a personal step towards a greener future; be sure to recycle your phones and gadgets at Cash In Your Gadgets; you never know, you could have enough for a summer holiday in old gadgets at home!