UK bins 17.5 million gadgets a year

In the rush to get our hands on the latest technology we throw away over 17.5 million gadgets every year.

Those figures have got environmental groups worried that we're not disposing of our old gadgets properly.

Old electronic equipment like mobile phones, computers and consoles that are chucked in the bin end up at landfill sites where they're buried in the ground.

Harmful chemicals leak out into the soil from batteries and screens, damaging the environment.

Environment charity Waste Watch say we need to stop dumping our old gadgets.

They advise using recycling services at phone shops, supermarkets and online services to get rid of them instead.

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