In the twenty-first century, more than ever, electrical products infiltrate our everyday lives. According to research by Deloitte published in 2013, 7 in 10 people own a smartphone in the UK alone. Yet, with consumer culture constantly bombarding the public with adverts of something new, updated and better – it is not surprising that many of these devices which were once beloved handsets are abandoned in favour of the latest model.
It is what happens to these devices once they are deemed unwanted which causes grave problems. Many discarded electrical goods are transported and dumped in developing countries, resulting in high amounts of toxic pollution. This not only has disastrous, contaminating effects on the environment but also is extremely dangerous to those who work at the landfill sites, or live nearby.