Facts and Figures
- Electrical goods are the fastest growing waste stream in the UK, growing by 5% each year.
- 75% of waste electronics end up in landfill.
- In a lifetime 1 UK citizen will have thrown away 3.3 tonnes of waste electronics.
- 2 million TV sets are thrown away each year.
- More than 6 million electrical items are thrown away each year and it is estimated that half are still in working order or easily repairable.
- We use over 600 million batteries each year here in the UK. Roughly 21 per household.
- In 2007 only 3% of batteries were being recycled, the rest going to landfill.
- The UK is aiming to meet targets to recycle 45% batteries by 2016