Government fails to grasp scale of UK's e-waste 'tsunami'

MPs accept recommendations but fail to act

Tom Allen
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Electronic waste can leach toxic chemicals into the environment that harm people and animals
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Electronic waste can leach toxic chemicals into the environment that harm people and animals

A government committee responsible for auditing other departments' sustainability policies has said the government does not understand the scale of the e-waste problem facing the UK.

In a report published in November 2020, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) estimated that every UK household owns about 20 unused electrical items, and "enough unused cables in UK households t...

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