A staggering clue to the amount of electronic and electrical waste on the planet now is creatively shown by the amazing Sculpture of WEEEman at the Eden Project.
The Eden Project WEEEman was made from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment that an average British person threw away in their lifetime – over 3 tonnes per person.
At seven metres high, his grimacing head towered over the Eden Project outdoor gardens. Mobile phones, mp3 players, lawn mowers and the like make up his bones and sinews; his teeth are computer mice; his ears are satellite dishes; and his brain is built from computer parts. Click here to visit the Eden Projects site.
The RSA and Canon Europe commissioned the sculpture to raise awareness of how much electrical waste we get through in the UK.
His creator, contemporary artist Paul Bonomini says: “I designed him to look like he’s dragging himself out of landfill, coming back from the dead. He’s there to remind us of this monster that we’re creating when we dump these goods rather than recycle them.”
Since the sculpture was installed at Eden in 2005, the UK Government has introduced legislation that makes producers responsible for appliances at the end of their lives – and encourages them to design products which last longer.
So far, the regulation has seen over 850,000 tonnes of WEEE collected for refurbishment and recycling.
Great news from Let’s Recycle is that the European Recycling Platform (ERP) has announced it has collected and treated more than 3 million tonnes of WEEE across the continent since its foundation. This was made up of 39 million televisions, nearly 70 million small domestic appliances and 12 million fridges. Find out more
Just under 600,000 tonnes was collected by the ERP in the UK since 2002, which makes the UK the largest contributor. Germany was second, with just under 460,000.
The UK managing director of ERP John Redmayne, explained that it highlights that the work being done makes a difference. Speaking to letsreycle.com, he said: “While it is simply a milestone, it is great to celebrate as it gives us a reason to spread the message about what everyone is doing is making a difference. Of course, we don’t do this alone and it involves hundreds of municipalities who dozens of suppliers as well.”
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