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More than eight in 10 people on Earth are covered by broadband signal and the population of 7.4 billion has 7.7 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions

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.

A record 16m tonnes of electronic trash, containing both toxic and valuable materials, are estimated to have been generated in 12 countries in east and south-east Asia in a single year

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.

Benefactors of the re-distributed handsets will receive 90 days of free access to the Three network, after which they can keep the handsets and choose a contract that best suits them

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.

Although plenty of e-waste is recycled in Asia it’s mainly done by backyard businesses who resort to hammers and burning to access re-usable metals, resulting in local pollution

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.

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Outdated devices and appliances are regularly thrown away, even though they still work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

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 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.


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