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Introducing Mount Recyclemore

E-waste poses a huge threat to the environment - and developed nations are among the worst offenders for producing it. With the G7 summit taking place in Cornwall, we decided to create a sculpture to send a message.

What is Mount Recyclemore?

Mount Recyclemore is a giant sculpture of the G7 leaders’ heads made entirely of discarded electronics, located on Sandy Acres in Cornwall near the G7 summit in Carbis Bay. Its purpose is to highlight the growing threat e-waste poses to the environment and the importance of taking action now.

We created Mount Recyclemore in collaboration with the Mutoid Waste Company's Joe Rush and Alex Wreckage. Joe is renowned for his environmental art installations and has collaborated with artists including Banksy, Vivienne Westwood and Damien Hirst.

We’re also working with WasteAid, an independent UK charity (non-profit), set up by waste management and international development professionals to share practical and low-cost waste management know-how with communities and policy makers in low-income countries.

E-waste is now a growing global challenge, particularly in parts of the world with poor waste management. 

That’s why, throughout June, we’re donating £1 for every tech item sold to WasteAid. You can also donate the entire value of your order to WasteAid, or make a cash donation using the button below. 

The money raised for the charity during this campaign will contribute to WasteAid's programmes and support the development of educational materials on how to tackle the issue of e-waste, and importantly how to recycle and repair unwanted technology.

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What is e-waste?

E-waste is any electronic item that is nearing the end of its useful life, and is discarded, donated or recycled. E-waste which isn’t recycled can end up in landfill and poses all kinds of environmental issues.

Over time, the toxic chemicals inside our tech then seep into the earth’s soil and water. The chemicals released when tech is burned pollute the air, while the refrigerants found in temperature exchange equipment are greenhouse gases.

Failing to recycle e-waste also means the precious materials contained in tech products can’t be reused. This means more primary raw materials need to be extracted and refined, which leads to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

The UN estimates that 53 million tonnes of e-waste is generated globally every year. It expects this figure to double by 2050, making it the fastest-growing waste stream in the world.

The G7 nations produce 15.9 million tons of e-waste each year, with the US, Japan, Germany and the UK the four worst offenders. The UK is also responsible for producing the second largest amount of e-waste per capita in the world.

How much do people know about e-waste?

Our previous research suggests Brits own £16.5 billion worth of technology they no longer use, with the average household owning 11 unused devices. Despite this...

What can we do about e-waste?

We can all do our bit to reduce e-waste by reselling and recycling the products we no longer use, as well as considering buying refurbished technology instead.

At musicMagpie, we’re firm believers in a circular economy where products are resold, recycled, refurbished and reused. 95% of products we buy from our customers are refurbished and we use the parts from the remaining 5% to refurbish other items.

So if you have old tech at home, why not recycle it with us? As well as protecting the planet, you’ll help WasteAid as we’re donating £1 for every item recycled with us throughout June. We also sell refurbished phones, which are an environmentally-friendly alternative to buying new.