There is lots of bad practice in the e-waste industry. We think that many manufacturers who make e-products need cleaning up. There’s far too much waste to start with, much of it ends up in the wrong place, very little is reused and even if it is recycled, it’s often not done very efficiently. We’re planning award schemes for eco-design, an accreditation scheme for waste companies and incentives to businesses to dispose of their e- waste responsibly.
We want consumers and businesses to rethink their approach to e-waste. Using toxic materials is environmentally destructive and design for disposability has led to a throwaway culture that is supremely wasteful. We will be encouraging innovation that reduces waste and reuses equipment wherever it makes sense to do so.
- We’ll promote good practice in waste suppliers
- We’ll give consumers and businesses tips on how to make the most of their e-waste
- We’ll create new markets for reused products within the UK
- We’ll set up training for reuse and recycling of e-waste in developing countries
We think that many manufacturers
who make e-products need to
clean up their act