The EU’s just decided that you should be able to dump your old and busted electronics on shops, whether or not you bought them there and even if you’re not buying anything new from them. The retailers will have to fund the e-waste clean up, which means your dead iPod or stereo might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for stores on the edge like Currys.
It’s great that we’re being forced into more recycling – landfills full of toxic chemicals, which leach out of our dead gadgets aren’t exactly great for our poor, abused planet. But without support, this could kill off our high street electronics shops as they’re already struggling with poor sales and low turn over since the recession.
Our toxic gadget-crazed upgrade obsession might be the undoing of the likes of Currys, especially if you buy it online and dump the old one in-store. Toxic waste in two senses of the word. [European Parliament]
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