Did You Miss our EU Circular Talk on Consumer Electronics? Watch the Recording Now!

Consumer electronics waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams. Only 40% of this waste is recycled, let alone repaired or reused. What can policy makers, manufacturers, retailers and last but not least consumers do to stop this downward trend? In October, the CSCP co-hosted an EU CircularTalk on the topic of “Circular consumer electronics: getting it right from design to consumption”, organised by the European retailers’ association EuroCommerce.

The main challenge is the short life span of products, which is why retailers, the recycling industry, researchers and civil society organisations discussed in two panel rounds interventions that can stop this trend and return more electronics to the cycle. The CSCP has conducted various pilot projects to test promising interventions that get consumers to return, repair and reuse old appliances. Insights from these pilots were shared with the #EUCircularTalks audience.

Tiina Vyyryläinen from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Paulo Da Silva Lemos from DG Environment (European Commission) underlined the urgent need to finally act and put an end to the waste of resources in the electronics sector. According to Vyyryläinen, education, lifelong training and self learning must be put in place, while more best practices are needed to show alternatives to the common linear lifecycle of consumer electronics.

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This Circular Talk was the second organised by the Leadership Group on Retailers, Consumers and Skills in 2021. The group is led by the CSCP and is an initiative of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. The CSCP will soon launch its Circular Academy, a six-module training programme aimed at supporting retailers to get consumers on board for more circularity in the electronics sector.

The CSCP has also participated in the EU Circular Talks “Circular textile design: Get it right from the start” and “Measuring Circular Economy Impacts in Cities and Regions”.

For further questions, please contact Imke Schmidt.