Brits scrap over 5,000 tonnes of computer parts every single yearTweet
18 July 2013, London –Astonishingly, 5,528 tonnes of computer scrap is estimated to be produced every year in the UK solely from desktop and laptop computers. This staggering figure was supported by new research from computer upgrade online retailer, Crucial.com, in which 2,000 Brits were surveyed to understand their throwaway habits. To put it in perspective, 5,528 tonnes of annual computer scrap is equivalent to the weight of 790 double-decker buses, 27 Angel of the North sculptures, two and a half London Eye wheels, or over 580 million pound coins.
As British scrap yards fill to the brim with discarded computers, 73% of those surveyed admit they have added to the problem by throwing out a computer. For 38% of people, discarding their machine came down to wanting a device that booted up faster, would run faster overall, and could handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Whether it’s access to information, entertainment, or simply connecting with friends and family, over 43% of those surveyed admitted they would be completely lost without their computer should it begin to run slowly, which could explain why many are quick to find a better-performing replacement. Interestingly, almost 37% of those surveyed stated they would delay buying a new machine if they were able to make their old computer run faster.
I'm no stranger to the amount of useful items we throw out in the UK; I've seen all sorts of interesting things that people discard as rubbish. Although people like me can usually find a use for this so called 'waste,' it would be much simpler and cost-effective if we could think more carefully about how to improve the lifespan of the products we use at home.
Robert Llewellyn, presenter of Scrapheap Challenge
People often go out and buy a brand new computer simply because their old one does not perform as quickly as it used to, and this habit can be extremely costly, time consuming, and damaging to the environment, Rather than discarding a perfectly good computer, the problem of a slow-running laptop or PC can be resolved in as little as ten minutes with an easy system memory or SSD upgrade.?
Roddy McLean, a computer upgrade expert from Crucial.com