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Rob Weller is the founder of professional computer recycling and refurbishing business, Money 4 My Tech.

A Business Guide To Recycling E-Waste

What happens to old technology? In many cases, it gets stacked in a cupboard or storeroom until someone decides to have a major clear out and it then ends up being dumped in a skip. But old electronic kit can contain hazardous materials, not to mention precious metals and other things that can be recovered and recycled, so we really should do better by our old kit. It’s estimated that nearly 50 million tonnes of e-waste will be generated in 2018. China is the biggest source, followed by the USA. The amount of waste we generate per head, however, is partly down to the affluence of the country. The Scandinavian states are among the highest producers of e-waste per capita. European nations, however, are more likely to recycle their old electronics than other countries. The UK currently recycl...