UK: second-highest total of e-waste individually worldwide: The UK creates more e-waste per person than any country worldwide, with the exclusion of Norway.
This is according to a current report by the environmental charity Green Alliance, which discovers the brief lifespan of electronic devices & electrical appliances as one of the greatest challenging e-waste issues the UK encounters as compared to other countries.
The findings of the report indicates one reason consumers are being exposed to short-lived electronic products is due to poor enforcement of product standards, including up to a 25% of those sold not meeting up to date standards for energy efficiency.
According to the analysis, this means that the UK is missing out on 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent savings per year.
A research project carried out by PwC discovered that making 75 grams of metals for a average smartphone needs at least 6.5 kilograms of ore to be mined.
The manufacturing also makes 60 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is over 300 times the weight of the phone singularly.
Libby Peake, Head of Resource Policy at Green Alliance, explained: “Even before the pandemic, people were frustrated by products that didn’t last. At a time when many experiencing financial difficulties and are becoming more dependent on electronic devices to communicate with family and friends, this couldn’t be more urgent.”
UK: second-highest total of e-waste individually worldwide