Too much electronic waste – level 3

02-04-2024 07:00

Recycling advocacy group Metal Focus reports that households are accumulating more unused electronics and broken devices.

People now store an average of 30 items, up from 20 in four years. Metal Focus identifies top items like remote controls, mobile phones, and hairdryers. Many of us hold onto old gadgets, cables, and remotes, which contributes to this issue. Spring cleaning offers a chance to responsibly declutter; however, electronic waste is increasing much faster than recycling efforts.

Proper disposal matters because electronics contain valuable materials. Material Focus suggests options like sharing or repairing to extend products’ life. Manufacturers could also design more durable and repairable products. The UN warns that global electronic waste is outpacing recycling, and emphasizes the need to save valuable resources.

Difficult words: accumulate (to collect a large number of things over a long period), declutter (to remove unnecessary things), outpace (to go or rise faster than).

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What suggestions does recycling advocacy group Metal Focus offer for responsibly decluttering old electronics, and why is proper disposal important?


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