New research from Trojan Electronics has uncovered that 85% of British consumers believe the government is not doing enough to promote sustainability in electronics. The study also found that 33% of respondents think the next government should prioritize increasing the repairability and lifespan of electrical items to tackle the country’s growing e-waste problem.

Key Findings:

  • Government Action Needed: 85% of consumers say the government should do more to encourage the reuse of electrical items.
  • Focus on Repairability: 33% want the next government to enhance the repairability and longevity of electronic products.
  • Support for Longevity Policies: Over 20% of consumers feel the government should introduce policies to increase the lifespan of electrical items.
  • Encouraging Reuse: Almost a quarter of those surveyed want the UK government to incentivize manufacturers and retailers to collect and reuse working electronic goods instead of sending them to landfill.

Trojan Electronics’ Insights on Circularity

James Rigg, CEO at Trojan Electronics, emphasized the critical role the UK government plays in advancing the circularity of electrical goods. He stated, “The government’s success in promoting circularity is essential for achieving its broader 2035 sustainability objectives. Having already deferred its Net Zero targets by five years, further delays cannot be afforded.”

Rigg highlighted the need for better recycling opportunities to minimize e-waste. He pointed out that while consumers are increasingly willing to recycle their electronics, they are often hindered by a lack of recycling facilities and collection points in various parts of the country.

Tax Incentives and Policy Opportunities

Ahead of the general election, 91% of consumers have called for the government to remove VAT on electrical spares and labor. This move would reduce the cost of repairing electronic items, thereby extending their useful life.

Rigg elaborated on this opportunity, noting, “Austria and France have already introduced schemes to subsidize the cost of electrical repairs. The UK government would simply be following suit, as it lags behind its continental counterparts.”

He also suggested that policymakers could remove VAT on repaired products when resold, as these items typically do not gain additional value. This change would prevent double taxation and make refurbished items more affordable, which is particularly important during the current cost-of-living crisis.

Rigg concluded, “The upcoming general election presents a prime opportunity to rethink the country’s approach to sustainability and electronic circularity. Not only could it be a vote-winning policy change, but it is also a critical step towards meeting our sustainability goals.”

For more detailed insights and potential sustainability initiatives, visit Trojan Electronics’ official website.