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To highlight the UK’s growing e-waste problem, tech-recirculation service Spring recently took over The Prince Arthur pub in Shoreditch (October 12-16) and invited customers to pay for their food and drink with old and unwanted tech that it could then repair and recirculate. First in line at the Trade-Inn was model Daisy Lowe who traded in her old smartphone for a beer and sandwich (with surplus value automatically deposited in her account). Spring estimates that each UK adult produces 23.9kg in electrical waste every year, equivalent in volume to around eight pints. By 2024, the UK is forecast to replace Norway as Europe’s biggest producer of electrical waste.
In order to prevent precious materials from being thrown away, incinerated, landfilled, shipped illegally overseas or just kept in a drawer, Spring is installing 250 pods in supermarkets where consumers can open an account and sell and deposit unwanted tech. Spring accepts almost 14,000 models of device, including phones, iPods, e-readers and smartwatches, and is expecting to collect 100,000 devices through the pods next year. Spring has already recirculated 150,000 devices via its retail partners. Less than 10% of electronics devices are currently re-used. 

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