Brits Worst WEEE Recyclers In Europe

A survey carried out by computer hardware manufacturer Dell showed that UK citizens are still reluctant to recycle their old electronic equipment, otherwise known as WEEE (waste electric and electronic equipment) the right way.

Only half of us apparently do it according to the books. This compares poorly with Germany, where more than 80 percent say they recycle their old gadgets responsibly.

This can partly be explained by the fact that the British public is the least aware of the electronic manufacturers’ recycling schemes and other government initiatives such as the WEEE Directive.

The amount of waste generated each year could apparently fill the new Wembley Stadium six time over. The stadium of course if the biggest covered structure in the world, with a circumference of 1Km.

Five countries - UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain - were involved in the research. Tony Juniper, former Friends of the Earth director and independent sustainability advisor, says: “These findings show a clear need to drive awareness with consumers around the mounting issue of e-waste and its serious implications to health and the environment.”

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Our Comments

Dell is spearheading this campaign and is doing its utmost to encourage recycling. The company has a takeback and recycling programme that allows consumers to recycle any brand of used computer or printer when purchasing a Dell computer or printer. Dell will also recycle any of their old equipment. But then, you can always make a few quid by selling your stuff on Ebay.

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