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What to do with unwanted or broken electrical items ?

Right now, it can seem harder to get rid of waste than ever before – with closures; changes to opening hours or queuing systems in operation at household waste sites it can be difficult to know what to do for the best. 

Electrical waste can be particularly problematic as it can often be too bulky to store indefinitely or cannot be disposed on in recycling or household waste bins.

What is electronic waste? 

Electronic waste is essentially any electrical item that a person or company no longer requires. It is also known as WEEE (Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment). Some common examples of electronic waste are: mobile phones, PC’s or laptops, printers, tv’s, fridge/freezers, games consoles, toasters, kettles etc

53.6 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated in 2019 worldwide so this problem is significant. 

Whether they are broken or not once a person no longer requires an item it becomes electronic waste. Often if an item does break it is cheaper to replace rather than repair which in turn increases the amount of electronic waste. Other ways the amount of WEEE is high is when people upgrade their mobile phones or tablets their previous device becomes obsolete.

Why is electronic waste a problem?

As electronic waste contains chemicals it can be hazardous – if it ends up in landfill for long periods of time it can get into the soil and waterways. These chemicals can be dangerous to the environment and to animals and humans.

What can I do with my electronic waste?

There are several options for people looking to dispose of their electronic items during lockdown. As professional waste removal experts we can help you with removal of any waste including electrical items in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. There are some other options below:- Sell your items – even if your items aren’t working, they may still have some value so selling them on is a great way to make some extra cash and get rid of your unwanted electronics.- Recycle – if you can get to a household waste site then they will have a designated area for electronics disposal. You may also find in other locations recycling containers that you can throw smaller items into. – Donate to charity – this can be tricky right now as most charity collections have stopped, and shops are closed but may be an option in normal circumstances. – Exchange to retailer – when purchasing a new or replacement item many retailers offer to take old products. This means you could exchange your old item for a new one even if your old product is faulty. 

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