The Pulse of ITAD: Surge of Lockdown e-Waste is Heading for Landfill in the U.K.

Brooks Hoffman

The closure of household waste and recycling centers (HWRCs) in the U.K.
during lockdown may have caused a surge in electrical waste heading for
landfill, experts fear. Smaller electrical items such as electric
toothbrushes and kitchen blenders are among the most likely goods to have
ended up in trash bins rather than the recycling system. Research suggests
that 60% of people in the U.K. were decluttering during the lockdown, and
if all that waste was being recycled, HWRCs should have experienced a surge
in collections. Although most HWRCs are open, estimates suggest that
collection levels are still approximately 50% below normal levels.

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