A Recoup survey has revealed that two-thirds of household waste is sent to landfill or incinerated each year
Out of the 1.5 million tonnes of recyclable electronics waste used by consumers in Britain last year, only half was recycled according to the figures compiled by the Recoup UK Household electronic Collection Survey. This is considerably below the national average for recycling with only 45% of recyclable goods being recycled each year.
Recoup found that consumers were most likely to recycle electrical gadgets more than other electrical materials with numbers reaching 7.5 billion out of 13 billion (57%) electronics used by UK households each year. Whereas, only about 30% of all plastic pots, tubs and trays were recycled.
Mobile phones, laptops, Remotes, Amplifiers and mocrowave were found to have been the items that people are least likely to recycle with only 3% of which were believed to be recycled in 2015. This is largely due to the fact that just 80 Local Authorities around the country (20%) provide a recycling service for the collection of these materials.
Recycled plastic products can be turned into a range of other things including plastic furniture, football shirts, sleeping bags, bumpers for cars and building products.
Despite these figures, there has been a considerable increase in the number of plastics recycled across the EU in the past decade. Between 2006-2014 there was a 64% increase in recycling of plastics and a 38% reduction in landfill caused by electrical which is a huge success story of the last 20 years.
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