Despite various initiatives to tackle plastic, air and ocean pollution, little has been done to bring attention to ever growing electronics industry and e-waste it generates.
The latest report on global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges "rapid and far-reaching" actions to be taken to limit rising global temperatures. Primarily, sources of CO2 emissions are required to drop by 45% by 2030. We have less than 12 years to cap global warming, otherwise the consequences will be unrecoverable.
With knowledge of report conclusions, we at Compare and Recycle are committed to facilitate recycling mobile phone devices and tablets and we wholeheartedly support WEEE Forum's initiative of the world's first International E-waste Day this Saturday October the 13th.
Did you know?
In 2018 alone e-waste is forecast to hit 50 million tonnes, equivalent of nearly 10,000 Titanics. This includes 3 million tonnes of small IT gadgets: mobile phones, smartwatches, calculators, tablets and laptops. For every phone in use in the UK, there are up to 4 devices kept in drawers unwanted!!
While smartphones are spreading new opportunities, the manufacturing processes are highly carbon intensive and yearly upgrades encouraged by mobile phone producers shorten the use of life on average down to 1.8 years which leads to older devices being abandoned and creating a harmful environmental impact.
Your current phone is powered by precious components that are mined from Earth such as gold, lithium, cobalt, heavy toxic lead, copper and many more making 80% of a phone recyclable. Unused, unwanted and broken phones have value in them and can be recycled responsibly to recoup valuable components and reduce the need to mine raw materials from our planet.
Here at Compare and Recycle, we're devoted to help you make a change and stop e-waste. You might be devastated after realising how such a tiny device in your pocket can cause this much of a global impact. Even by continuing to use your mobile phone for an extra year after your contract runs out, its CO2 impact is reduced by 31 %. Taking advantage of our comparison site you can trade your old phone in and receive extra cash.
We know how much of a temptation can be an ownership of a brand-new phone. For your next upgrade buy a refurbished handset. Why? Because it's a like-new device for less, with quality guarantee, warranty and all bells and whistles you get with a new phone from a retailer. If you are still unsure how can you do your bit for the environment and support International E-Waste Day, give us a shout and we'll be happy to assist you.