50 million tonnes per year
Products containing electrical parts
Have to be dismantled and often contain mercury
Examples: phones, computers
Often discraded while still in working order to be replaced by updated versions
Often bulky waste
Examples: fridges, freezers, washing machines
Primary - Wrapping and containers.
Secondary - Larger boxes and cases for distribution.
Transit - Pallets, cardboard and plastic wrapping for transport.
Examples: Plastic, card
Plastics are popular because they are robust, light and energy efficient.