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.
Electronic-waste is the world’s fastest-growing waste problem. We have more money, consume more, and the sales companies build in short life cycles with few options for repair. Only 17.4 per cent of 2019’s e-waste was collected and recycled. That means expensive recoverable materials, like gold and mercury were dumped rather than being collected for treatment and re-use. E-waste contains hazardous substances e.g mercury, which damages the human brain and coordination system. The UK is the second largest producer of E-waste in Europe and most people in the UK say that what stops them selling, repairing or recycling these goods is lack of information. We are all hoarding tons of cables, phones, when we could be selling or recycling them. St Austell has many answers to your waste and hoarding problems, try these two links for answers and check below for repair shops.