We discard 155,000 tonnes of electricals every year, instead of reusing or recycling them. That creates e-waste – and that poses a major threat to the environment and to human health.
If old electricals go to landfill, or are flytipped instead of being recycled, valuable resources are lost forever. That’s a big problem.
Digging raw materials out of the ground damages the environment. Reusing and correctly recycling means less damage.
If old electricals were passed on and resold – by charities, for example – those funds could make a big difference to people’s lives
Producing electricals creates carbon emissions. We could save millions of tonnes of CO2 if we recycled our old electricals, instead of binning them.
There are many problems with hoarding and throwing away your old electricals – also known as e-waste, electronic waste or WEEE. These range from environmental problems associated with incinerators, landfill and mining for raw materials, to social and financial costs. And if we don’t reuse or recycle our old electricals, we are losing valuable resources forever – from copper and aluminium to plastics and gold.
There’s a fortune in our unwanted electricals. At an estimated £620 per household, the second-hand value of old electricals in UK homes is worth billions.
It’s not too late to put your old gear to good use.
All your old electrical items with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled – and many can be repaired or reused.
If you don’t want it, pass it on. Charities can raise vital funds by selling your old electricals or giving them to low-income households.
Many organisations can repair and refurbish your small electricals. Ask the original manufacturer for a list of their authorised repair networks.
A massive 75% of the materials in old electricals can be recycled and turned into anything from life-saving equipment to children’s playgrounds.
Electrical waste is a massive problem, so we need to work together to solve it. Find out what you can do.