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16 Jul 20201 minute read

UK producing more electrical waste than ever

ECAtoday
UK producing more electrical waste than ever

Electronic waste research organisation Material Focus has released a report saying that UK households are producing more than 1.45 million tonnes of e-waste per year.

The report estimates that this could be costing the economy over £370m a year in lost materials like gold, copper, aluminium and steel.

Alison Stowell, academic lead for the report, said to the BBC: “These figures on electrical waste are quite enormous.

“When we consume things, we don’t tend to think about how much material is in them or how valuable they could be if they are put back into the production and supply chain through recycling."

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