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Apple has removed the universal 3.5mm headphone jack from its new smartphones, with AirPod earphones and a Lightning-to-analogue adapter included with the iPhone 7

Greening the Apple: How sustainable is the new iPhone 7?

It features a longer battery life, is more energy-efficient, and a waterproof design will prevent damaged products going straight to landfill. But the ditching of the headphone jack could itself open up an e-waste black hole. So just how sustainable is Apple's new iPhone 7?

Outdated devices and appliances are regularly thrown away, even though they still work

Shorter and shorter electronics product-life is 'unacceptable'

Broken, out of fashion, replaced by a shinier version - electronic devices are being used for a decreasing amount of time before being disposed of, according to a new study.

Dell estimates the SABIC partnership will prevent 820,000 pounds of carbon fibre from ending up in landfill

Dell embraces circular economy with carbon fibre recycling

American computer firm Dell has ramped up its commitment to the circular economy by launching a series of innovative recycling schemes and joining Ellen MacArthur's Circular Economy 100 programme.

China's emissions were found to be around 14% lower than thought

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week in numbers has seen some surprising electric vehicle developments and exciting new figures for renewable energy and e-waste recycling.

On top of the significant revenue gain, more effective recovery of materials could be environmentally beneficial by reducing manufacturers' reliance on natural resources

Recycling e-waste could be worth up to €3.7bn by 2020

Efficient recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) could be worth €3.7bn to the European economy by 2020, a new study has found.

Zero Waste Scotland believes investing in remanufacturing could add £620m to the Scottish economy

Scotland offers £100,000 to remanufacturing innovators

Zero Waste Scotland's chief executive Iain Gulland has today (28 July) announced the launch of a new fund to boost remanufacturing innovation.

Waste electronics, which includes computers, TVs, fridges and mobile phones, is one of Europe's fastest growing waste streams

WEEE: Tackling the next big business challenge

The recast Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive has now been in place in the UK for 18 months. The UK Government believes that the new system has produced an estimated £18m cost reduction for producers. Here, Scott Butler from the European Recycling Platform (ERP) explains why there is much work still to do.

44% of people threw their vacuum away because it was “inefficient”, despite not doing basic maintenance

Vacuum cleaners sucked into throwaway culture

Vacuum cleaners are often thrown away too early because users fail to maintain them properly and mistakenly think they're broken beyond repair, a new study by Nottingham Trent University has claimed.

A team of scientists analysed samples from four different UK landfill sites, finding metals which could be worth a total of £360m

UK landfill sites could each contain £90m of valuable metals

Each UK landfill site could contain up to £90m of valuable metals, according to a recent study from Cranfield University.

Samsung is looking into new business models such as product take-back and trade-in schemes

Samsung investigating circular business models

EXCLUSIVE: The world's largest electronics manufacturer is considering the adoption of innovative business models such as servitisation and leasing schemes in a bid to cut e-waste and create more resilient revenue streams.

In 2014, Ericsson strengthened its focus on providing solutions to help the utility and transport sectors of the economy to offset its own carbon emissions

Mobile network giant steps up commitment to be 'driver of change' on sustainability

Mobile technology giant Ericsson is on track to meet its carbon reduction target of 30% per employee by 2017, having achieved a 10% reduction in 2014.

credit:O2 It hopes the phone will encourage people to recycle their old gadgets in return for a cash payment, while also helping to raise £350,000 O2 has pledged to the Try for Change programme

O2 creates phone from grass to highlight e-waste issues

Telecoms company O2 has created a fully functional smart-phone prototype using grass cuttings from Twickenham Stadium and recycled phone parts.

The new project will see around 98% of precious metals in electronics waste being recovered domestically

E-waste: Government grant opens door for precious-metal recovery

The Government has allocated £600,000 to help develop Britain's first 'plasma facility' which will recover gold, silver and platinum from electronic waste.

Nearly 25% of e-waste taken to household waste recycling centres could be re-used

Dead technology? Top 10 facts about e-waste...

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream on the planet. As tech manufacturers continually bring out better models, equipment is being seen as disposable. So what should we be doing with all of that discarded equipment?

The O2 Recycle initiative has paid out £100m since its launch in 2009

O2 'streets ahead of competitors' on e-waste recycling

Mobile operator O2 has saved 142,000kg of waste from landfill through its O2 Recycle initiative, paying out £100m for old phones and tablets in the process.

The Carbon Trust praised 02's stretching sustainability targets

O2 achieves ground-breaking sustainability Triple Standard

O2 has become the first mobile telecommunications company in the world to achieve the Carbon Trust Triple Standard for carbon, water and waste.

The new TV standards would set more challenging energy use requirements for larger TV screens

Brussels targets super-sized TVs in drive for energy efficiency

The amount of energy that big screen TVs can use will be capped under an EU energy efficiency drive which the European commission expects will cut consumers' energy bills by around €8bn a year.

Green sky thinking: Six truly amazing renewable ideas

From the weird to the wonderful, the space age to the bizarre, green innovators are coming up with amazing inventions to create a more sustainable future.

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Electronics repair charity powers up 'citizen-led' circular economy

Social enterprise The Restart Project will scale up its electronic repair activities by becoming a people-led platform for circular economy innovation.

EU plans to standardise mobile phone chargers to crackdown on waste

Phone makers such as Nokia and Samsung may have to offer European customers a standardised mobile phone charger from 2017, after MEPs approved a new EU directive designed to crackdown on "unnecessary" waste last week.

WRAP and DIGITALEUROPE unveil mercury-free logo for TV and monitor producers

Digital technology trade body DIGITALEUROPE and WRAP have launched two new logos for use by producers of TVs and computer monitors to help identify screens containing mercury.

Paperless system comes online

New electronic Waste Transfer Note system unveiled

A free online system allowing waste operators to replace conventional paper-based waste transfer notes has been launched today.

Electronic waste could provide a richer source of gold than mining if recovery efforts were stepped up says Philips CEO Frans van Houten

Philips CEO Frans van Houten: 'More gold in e-waste than mining'

Philips global president and CEO Frans van Houten has emphasised the increasing value of electronic waste, arguing that it could provide a richer source of gold than mining if recovery efforts were stepped up.

Businesses to be offered cash for reducing electricity use

Regulator Ofgem is to offer businesses the opportunity to reduce their electricity use during times of high demand in return for payment.

UN: Electronic waste to rise a third by 2017

The volume of end-of-life electronics is expected to increase by 33% to 65.4 million tonnes annually by 2017, according to a United Nations (UN) report.

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