A report by the House of Commons (EAC) Environmental Audit Committee alleges that the UK lags far behind other countries in managing e-waste, with members of the committee also suggesting that major companies like Amazon and Apple should not be encouraged to recycle and repair through some of the practices they use, according to American engadget website.
The United Kingdom produces 23.9 kg of e-waste per person annually, and this is the second highest level of e-waste per capita after Norway, according to a recent United Nations report, much of this waste is burned or sent to landfills, while about 40 are sent in. The percent goes to other countries, often illegally, and the EAC writes: “In countries that receive our electronic waste, it is often disposed of, as toxic chemicals leach into the environment and harm people.”
The report notes that online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay are not always retailers or producers, and many products are sold by external retailers – about 50 percent of the merchandise is in Amazon’s case, and as such, these platforms are not obligated to contribute to collection and recycling. Electronic waste, the committee also urged them to “collect products and pay for recycling to create a level playing field with the actual retailers and producers who do not sell on their platforms.”
The idea of shortening the life of the device has been criticized by the EAC as well.While this practice may encourage consumers to buy new products, it has a negative impact on sustainability, and members of the committee criticized companies for often making it difficult to repair their products, in part because Components are often soldered or glued in place, and they note that Apple’s repair fees, in particular, “can be so expensive that replacing the entire component is more economical.”
Among the recommendations of the report are the legal protection of the right to reform and the reduction of value-added tax on repair services. It also called for requiring all producers to collect products and cover the cost of recycling. The committee added: “Technology companies must now take the lead in creating sustainable and friendly business models. The environment does not depend on the overexploitation of nature and natural resources. “
Apple told The Guardian that the report does not reflect its efforts to “conserve resources and protect the planet we all share. There are more options for customers to trade in, recycle, and obtain safe and high-quality repairs than ever before, and the latest Apple products use the Watch, iPad, and iPhone lineup of materials.” Recycled through major ingredients. “
A spokesperson for Amazon said: “Amazon is committed to reducing waste and helping our customers to reuse, repair and recycle their products. We offer a range of options that anyone can easily access through the Amazon Second Chance website, and have supported recycling more than 10,000 tons of waste. In the United Kingdom over the past decade. “