Electronic and Electrical Devices
Our used electrical and electronic items cause pollution
In the UK, we are buying more electrical and electronic equipment and these products are lasting less time than they used to, becoming harder to repair and not being re-used when they could be.
Changing our habits can save precious resources
The UK creates the second highest amount of electronic waste in the world and a vast amount goes to landfill, incineration or is dumped overseas. Recycling systems shred and incinerate it, wasting the rare and precious resources they contain.
House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Report on Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy highlights the key challenges in this area and the recommendations which need to be taken to reduce down electronic waste and ensure precious resources are not being lost.
Recommendations from the report includes “The Government must enshrine the right to repair in law, enforcing access to (1) repair manuals; (2) access to affordable spare parts for products; and (3) ability to repair products without repairers needing access to physical or software tools specifically designed to be a barrier to independent servicing or repair.”
What can I do… to reduce electrical and electronic waste
Meet the NIRN members who are active in repair of electronic & electrical goods and find out how you can help reduce electronic and electrical waste.
4Rs in collaboration with Derry & Strabane District Council initiated an innovative up-cycling scheme where laptop and tablet devices are being used to meet a local shortage of devices to facilitate home schooling. This has the benefit of ensuring vital electronic resources are kept in circulation, repaired and refurbished and then redistributed to meet needs of young people struggling to access laptops for home schooling.
Belfast Tool Library
Belfast Tool Library has a range of electric tools including drills, sanders, and gardening tool available to borrow which saves unnecessary purchase of new items. It brings together members of the community to participate in skills sharing and knowledge at workshops they hold.
Tools for Solidarity
I reuse, what about you?
Discover more about the environmental benefits of buying secondhand of repairing your electronic and electrical items by using the “I reuse, what about you?” online calculator.