An outdated mobile phone, broken washing machine or laptop that has become slow: the mountain of waste with such discarded electronic devices is growing rapidly. According to the WEEE Forum, an international organization involved in the recycling of e-waste, about 3 to 4 percent of electronic waste is added every year.
To draw attention to this, the international e-waste day was created. That day of action is being organized for the fourth time today, during the National Recycle Week, which lasts until 17 October. Consumers can participate in various collection campaigns and several primary schools draw attention to the collection of electronic waste.
The WEEE Forum calls on companies and consumers to have broken electronic items repaired as much as possible or at least to hand them in separately so that they can be recycled.
It concerns large numbers: the United Nations University, a research organization of the United Nations. expects that more than 57 billion kilograms of electronic items will be thrown away worldwide this year. That is on average just over 7.5 kilos per person.
Reporter Mattijs van de Wiel visited the Fixers repair shop for the NOS Radio1 News, where thousands of laptops, smartphones and tablets are repaired every month. But such a repair is often relatively expensive:
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