Every year each country is given recycling targets to reach, 2017 is like no other but the UK may be about to miss their target in electrical recycling.
We all have a collective responsibility to recycle, it’s hard not to feel the collective disappointment about missing a target. Many people don’t even realise we’re aiming for targets on electrical waste including fridges, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers.
Why will we miss it?
It’s largely down to the way that waste is categorised. 2016 was a record year for household WEEE collections with tonnages reaching a high record in most categories. The targets for 2017 were ambitious, with quarter 1 already falling behind on collections.
It is said that electrical waste will rise by 33% from 49 million tons generated last year. These stats are based on data used to form a plan to solve the E-waste problem as a way of tackling it on a country by country basis.
It is calculated by the amount of electrical equipment sold around the world and the amount of water electronic equipment.
A Global Problem
On the bright side, the UK isn’t officially the wors country; the USA is by far the worst offender at 9.4 million tons of e-waste each year, with over 26,000 tons of waste being sent to poorer countries. Alongside the USA, China is another major contributor to the global problem; despite our comparative size the UK aren’t far behind ranking 6th in the world.
Unsurprisingly mobile phones are one of the worst offenders with around 14 million of them being exported; the majority of these are sent to Hong Kong, Latin America and Caribbean.
Unfortunately though, despite being one of the smaller countries, Brittan is the worst offender in the EU.
Why should we change?
A recent TV show with Reggie Yates shows the detrimental effect the toxic chemicals in the waste can have on those who are left to clean up. Not only are we destroying our environment and harming those who deal with it; we’re throwing away thousands of pounds worth of materials every day.
It’s estimated there are 10 million tones of electric products that will be purchased in the UK over the next 6 years. This equates to 20 tons of gold, 400 tons of silver and 7 tons of platinum. The value of this? Around 1.5 billion pounds. It’s predicted that 1/4 of products that are thrown into a bin can be recycled or re-used, equating to a waste of around £200 million pounds worth of waste per year.
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