We would like to remind you that e-waste, or electrowaste, is used electrical and electronic equipment that cannot be thrown away together with other rubbish, because it contains many harmful substances. The rules of dealing with electrowaste and its recovery are regulated by national and European Union regulations. In some countries this problem is smaller, in others it is huge and, according to the recently published report of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Great Britain is among the leaders of the latter group.
It is true that some responsibility is shifted here on the technological giants who discourage users from repairing (or even preventing it) or long use of their devices, but in fact a lot depends on consumer practices. Anyway, how bad is it in the UK? It is estimated that each citizen generates an average of 23.9 kg of electrowaste annually, which gives the infamous second place in Europe, just behind Norway. A large proportion of this garbage is incinerated or landed in landfills, and around 40% is sent abroad, often illegally: - In countries that receive our electronic garbage, it most often ends up abandoned somewhere illegally, with toxic chemicals leaking into the environment and damaging residents, suggests the EAC.
The report indicates that network sellers like Amazon and eBay are not always treated like sellers or manufacturers, so they are under no obligation to be involved in the collection and recycling of such waste, which should change. The committee urges them to "collect products and pay for their recycling, to create a network of understanding with physical sellers and producers who do not sell on their platforms." The EAC also raised the issue of deliberate aging of products and shortening their TV Review as this practice prompts consumers to buy new products when they could use old ones and protect the environment by reducing waste.
Companies that often make it difficult to repair their products, for example by gluing elements, have also been hit. The committee also pointed to Apple's practice, which counts so much for repairing equipment that it is more economical to buy new ones, while this should not be the case. Technology companies should show the way to create sustainable and environmentally friendly businesses that do not rely on overexploitation of nature and resources, its members explained. As you can easily guess, Apple does not quite like it, which explains that no one took into account his efforts to protect the planet and the fact that repairing its products has never been so readily available and effective. Amazon also chipped in its 3 cents, reporting it has recycled over 10,000 tons of electronic waste in the UK over the past decade. However, it seems that this is still not enough ...