UK urges tech companies to help tackle excessive e-waste in damning report


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Much of this waste is burned or placed in landfills, while around 40 percent of it is sent to other countries, often illegally. “In countries that receive our electronic waste, it is often disposed of, as toxic chemicals leach into the environment and harm people,” wrote the EAC.

The report points to online marketplaces such as Amazon, EBay They are not always considered retailers or producers. Many products are sold by third-party retailers – about 50 percent of merchandise is in the case of Amazon. As such, these platforms are under no obligation to contribute to the collection and recycling of e-waste. The committee urged them to “collect products and pay for recycling to create a level playing field with actual retailers and producers who are not selling on their platforms.”

The EAC criticized the idea of ​​shortening the device’s life as well. While this practice may encourage consumers to purchase newer products, it has a negative impact on sustainability.

Committee members also criticized the companies for making their products difficult to repair, in part because components are often soldered or glued in place. Notice that Apple repair fee, In particular, “it can be so costly that a complete item replacement 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 reform services. He also called for requiring all producers to collect products and to cover the cost of recycling. “Technology companies must now take the lead in creating sustainable and environmentally friendly business models that do not depend on the overexploitation of nature and natural resources,” the committee added.

Apple said to guardian The report does not reflect his efforts to “conserve resources and protect the planet we all share. There are more options for customers to trade,” Recycling Get more secure and high-quality repairs than ever before, using the latest Apple Watch, iPad and iPhone lineup Recycled materials Via major components. “

Amazon is committed to reducing waste and helping our customers reuse, repair, and recycle their products, and we offer a range of options that anyone can easily access through Amazon Second Chance, A spokesman for Amazon said to publish. “We have supported the recycling of more than 10,000 tons of e-waste in the UK over the past decade.”


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