The Department of the Environment, has released a report on "National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme - Outcomes 2012-13". It is estimated the scheme just about reached its target of recycling 30% of the TVs and computers made surplus during the year (41,327 tonnes).
Assuming each computer or TV weights an average of 20 kg, that would represent two million devices being recycled (computers weight less and TVs more). However, the target may not take account of the old equipment
which has accumulated in homes and offices in the absence of a recycling
scheme. Also the introduction of digital TV and tablet computers may be
increasing the rate at which equipment is replaced. I suggest a more
realistic target might be four times the one set.
This week I have a class of university students studying e-waste.
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