House of Commons
EDM #2683
Tabled 03 September 2019
2017-19 Session
That this House welcomes the Elements in danger campaign launched in International Year of the Periodic Table by the Royal Society of Chemistry to raise awareness of rare elements contained in unused mobile phones and devices; understands that there are an estimated 40 million unused gadgets in UK homes and that these electronic devices contain precious elements that are in danger of running out in the next 100 years, and that the majority of households have no plans to recycle them; acknowledges that there is a lack of infrastructure available to disassemble and extract rare elements from mobile devices at scale; recognises that R&D investment is needed to develop large-scale technological solutions that facilitate electronics recycling and recovery of rare elements for a circular economy model, as well as to build sustainability into the product design of devices; and calls on the Government to work in partnership with academia, industry and consumers towards common sustainability goals for rare elements.