Global e-waste climbs 8% in two years, but disposal discrepancies remain
More than 44 million metric tonnes of electronic waste were generated in 2016, but only 20% has been documented as being collected and recycled, a new report launched today (13 December) has found.
Tech firms called upon to advance e-waste transparency
Major tech firms including Apple and Dell have been urged to improve transparency in electronics recycling supply chains by the global toxic trade watchdog organisation.
Three aims mobile reuse scheme towards disadvantaged communities
Communications provider Three UK is attempting to connect disadvantaged citizens to the digital world, through a new recycling donation scheme aimed at redistributing unused mobile phones across the nation.
China's booming middle class drives Asia's toxic e-waste mountains
Asia's mountains of hazardous electronic trash, or e-waste, are growing rapidly, new research reveals, with China leading the way.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kingfisher: Compliance to Resilience
For companies already driving bottom-line efficiencies and top- line growth through sustainability initiatives, meeting industry standards and complying with government regulations is simply a ‘permission to play’. What happens to an organisation when it goes beyond compliance?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.