Hoarding Electrical Items.
How many of us are guilty of hoarding old laptops, electric toothbrushes, kettles phones and cables collecting dust?
It is claimed that households across Wales are hoarding around 26 million small old electricals, rather than recycling them.
People instead of throwing away of these old or broken items are contributing to one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, estimated to cost the UK economy over £370 million of lost valuable raw materials such as gold, copper, aluminium and steel. Precious metals are used to make up compononents for everyday items we take for granted.
On average it takes a household about two years or more before they get rid of things.
Studies have shown that if all the old laptops hoarded across the UK if they were recycled could provide enough aluminium to produce 159,000 bikes; enough steel to make 12,000 playground swings; or enough plastic to make nearly 5 million life-saving defibrillators.
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