Yesterday, MDX highlighted the threat to a growing number of elements through a lack of recycling old tech devices in a cool animation display.
An animation featuring a huge Periodic Table was projected onto our main building in support of Chemistry Week. The eye-catching display, marking International Year of the Periodic Table, appeared across the front of the College Building.
The Periodic Table, invented by Russian chemist Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleyev in the 19th century, is a list of the 118 known chemical elements, placed in order of their atomic numbers. For those of you who aren’t clued up on your chemistry knowledge, the atomic number is the number of protons in a particular nucleus of an atom.
Research carried out by Ipsos MORI for Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) found that 51% of UK households have at least one unused electronic device – such as mobile phones, computers, smart TVs, MP3 players or e-readers – and 45% have up to five.
Of these, 82% have no plans to recycle or sell on their devices after they fall out of use.
These abandoned electronics have precious elements that are at risk of running out.
If old tech devices are properly recycled, in the future they can be used for “other technologies that we haven’t even discovered yet – for health, green energy, treating pollution and more.” –Robert Parker, CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The RSC is backing a planned Right to Recycle bill for tech waste, which would make it easy to dispose of unused devices.
Here, in #TeamMDX we’re really passionate about sustainability so fully support the recycling of old devices!