Britain's Got (Too Many) Electrons
The British claim to recycle such materials as glass, plastic, and paper in higher numbers than the European average. But electronic waste? Not so much.
A survey by Dell of 5,000 people on what they do with their old electronic equipment found that only about half recycle them. In Germany it's more like 80%. Are we just going to sit there and let them be better than us at recycling?
A lack of awareness appears to be at the root of the problem, as does, oddly, geography. Four percent of Londoners claim to recycle electronics more than other rubbish, and awareness runs high in Scotland, too. However, the North East claims to be diligent about recycling, but only about 1 out of 100 actually recycles electronic waste.
If you need a bit of a carrot to go along with the stick of telling you you're a technology waster if you don't recycle electronics, you might check out sites like Fonebank. They pay for used mobile phones, depending on the model, even though you may find your handset's value somewhat appalling.
Oh, and you ladies aren't off the hook for electronics recycling. In the past week, Dell has revamped its much-criticised "Della" site and now gives the OK for females to go ahead and worry their pretty little heads about such matters.