Epic Repic Reporter

This month: WEEE Man

My name is the WEEE man and I am made from more or less the amount of electronic waste that the average British household will throw away in a lifetime. I weigh 3.3 tonnes and stand seven meters tall. My body is made up from lots of different electrical items, my teeth are made from computer mice and my ears are satellite dishes.

My creator’s aim is to make people think twice about the WEEE they throw away and what this has done to the environment. When people see me hopefully they will think about recycling their waste electricals
instead of just throwing them away.

I think recycling is important because this planet is the only home we have. If we don’t take care of the environment, we could make it worse for ourselves and future
generations. Eventually we could run out of space to put our waste and then where would we live!

Hair dryers, lamps, mobile phones - they might only be small electricals to you but that doesn’t mean they’re just a small problem.

Did you know in 2014, there were officially more mobile electricals like smart phones and tablets than there were people on the planet? And when those electricals break or aren’t being used, most of them will end up on a landfill site instead of being correctly recycled.

The space for landfill is slowly running out and everyone needs to help reduce this problem. But luckily for us, as technology gets smarter we’re finding news ways to recycle these types of electricals.

Recently Apple announced it has created a robot called Liam to help take apart old iPhones. Liam has 29 arms and can take apart an iPhone 6 in just 11 seconds. By doing this, it allows Apple to rescue the metals inside so they can be reused again. And if it can’t reuse any of the parts, they are given to other businesses to use instead.

But you don’t need a robot to help recycle your own small electricals – if the item is still working, you can take it to a local charity or to a re-use organisation in the area. Or if the item is broken, it can be taken to a local household waste-recycling centre. Find out where the nearest one to your house is here..