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Dell believes the closed-loop process can support the creation of millions of new motherboards over the next 12 months

Dell targets e-waste with recycled gold initiative

Fresh from incorporating ocean plastics into products, technology firm Dell has announced an industry pilot aimed at using recycled gold from discarded electronics in new computer motherboards.

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.


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