Over 5 billion phones set to be thrown away in 2022 as e-waste levels hit alarming highs

Businesses and households are being urged to recycle their unwanted ‘e-waste’ in light of a new study that estimates that 5.3 billion mobile phones will be thrown away in 2022 alone.


Research conducted by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Forum (WEEE) suggests that electrical and electronic waste will grow to 74 million tonnes a year by 2030 – a problem described as one of the ‘fastest growing and most complex waste streams that affects both human health and the environment’,


Old electronic devices such as laptops and phones, known as e-waste, can offer many important resources that can be recycled for use in electronic devices such as wind turbines, electric car batteries or solar panels – crucial for the transition to low-carbon societies.


In July of this year, Staffordshire Chambers launched a new charitable e-waste initiative in partnership with the Stone Group and the Elm Group to help tackle growing e-waste levels across the county.


Businesses and individuals can hand over their old electronic devices to be securely wiped using MOD-approved software, before being re-used or recycled for parts.


In return, Stone Group will make a charitable donation to support the work of A Child of Mine, a charity that provides emotional and practical support to bereaved parents and families.


Find out more about the initiative, here.

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