Why Should We Recycle Waste Electrical Goods?

The amount of electrical waste we throw away is increasing each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the world. This increase is mainly down to:

  • New technologies being developed
  • Affluent society
  • Throw away lifestyle

The majority of waste electrical goods end up in landfill, where lead and other toxins contained in them can cause soil and water contamination.

weee_CustomThis can have a very harmful effect on natural habitats, wildlife and also human health. When situated near populated areas these toxins can cause problems to communities as their water and soil is polluted. Many of the electrical items that we throw away can be repaired 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!

  • Save money and energy by keeping items like computers and mobile  phones for longer
  • Help stop harmful chemicals entering the environment by recycling electrical items, rather than putting them with household rubbish.
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