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School recycling initiative launched to tackle the millions of old tech and metal waste stored in UK homes

20 September 2019

A world leading metal and plastic recycler, EMR Metal Recycling, has partnered with the UK’s largest electrical retailer, Currys PC World, to launch a new recycling initiative in UK schools.

‘Recyclabots’, a free schools education programme aimed at Key Stage2, has been launched, this Recycling Week, to help schools and children to learn about metals and recycling. It teaches children about recycling, why it is necessary and how it benefits the planet, whilst rewarding schools with Currys PC World vouchers for recycling old tech and metal waste through the programme.

Kesah Trowell, Head of Sustainable Business at Currys PC World, says: “We want to inspire children to make positive environmental changes by recycling metal and old or unused tech, such as phones, hair dryers and household waste metal. With our ‘Recyclabots’ schools programme, children can learn about the importance of metals and the programme will inform a generation who we hope will make recycling a natural part of their everyday life.”

The growing, unseen shortage of ‘rare earth elements’ contained in electronic devices was highlighted in a recent study by the Royal Society of Chemistry[1], that estimated that as many as 40 million unused gadgets are going to waste in UK homes. Devices contain valuable and increasingly rare elements such as the metal indium. Scientists estimate that sources of these rare metals could run out within a century, meanwhile our demand for new technology continues to increase.

EMR UK Chief Executive, Andrew Brady, says: “The more metal we recycle, the less ore and virgin materials we need to take from the ground in the race to meet consumers’ needs. It’s important to consider the impact of waste for future generations.

“As a world leading metal recycler, we know a thing or two about the world of metal and the science that comes with it. We are passionate about passing our knowledge on the importance of recycling to future generations and proud to launch ‘Recyclabots’ in partnership with Currys PC World.”

EMR recycles anything from a metal drinks can to an aircraft carrier. With over 170 sites globally, it recycles around 10 million tonnes of metal each year, saving around 10 million tonnes of CO2 compared to using virgin ores. 

Currys PC World is part of Dixons Carphone, who are the biggest collector and recycler of electrical waste in UK Retail, with over half (51%) of the industry’s electrical waste, passing through their huge network of stores and delivery network. Currys PC World is committed to helping customers and communities reduce their environmental impact through its award-winning recycling and reuse initiatives and encourages anyone to drop unwanted waste electricals into any of its stores – whether they bought the technology there or not.

The ‘Recyclabots’ scheme has been developed in response directly to The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, Waste to Wealth Initiative - launched by Business in the Community. In November last year, EMR was announced as one of seven Waste to Wealth Champions committed to identifying challenges and developing innovative solutions to avoid catastrophic climate change and restore the health of our environment. 

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