The people of London are the biggest tech hoarders

People in London are the largest technical hamsters with an average of over four unused units in their homes compared to the UK average of three. According to new research from online electricity retailer AO, every fourth Londoner (25%) has between six and ten dust-collecting electrical appliances.

According to the 2,000 British survey, almost four out of ten (39%) people have three or more electrical appliances that they no longer use, indicating that we all feel connected to our technology and have at least a few broken iPhones or vintage consoles lying around. around. Mobile phones are the most likely to be discarded in a drawer, closely followed by laptops, headphones and do-it-yourself tools.

When it comes to larger appliances, a third (31%) have at least one refrigerator somewhere in their home that they no longer use. One third (30%) also admit that they have at least one washing machine they no longer use, and as many as 9% reveal that they still have three in their homes – which shows uncertainty about how to dispose of large appliances.

On average, Londoners thought their old items were worth £ 443, compared to the national average of £ 228. 6% of the people in the area also thought that their old artifacts were valued between £ 1,000 and £ 2,000. One in four (24%) Londoners always buy the latest model, and another in four (26%) like to upgrade their devices after just one year of use.

When asked why they are so reluctant to part with their gadgets, a third (33%) said they like to keep the electric as a backup. One third (32%) keep their old electrical appliances because they would like to recycle them, but are in doubt about how. Interestingly, the research reveals that eight out of ten (79%) Britons agree that if there was an easy way to recycle their old electrical appliances and appliances, they would like to do this instead of keeping them.

Robert Sant, MD of AO Recycling, said: “The new research shows that people definitely want to recycle their old electrical appliances and appliances. They often end up collecting dust or fly that is tipped on the street when we could be with to reduce our impact on the environment by simply recycling them. ”

“Over the past year, we have seen an increase in people using our recycling service, with AO Recycling receiving 68% more unwanted refrigerators compared to the previous year. We believe it is the responsibility of retailers and manufacturers to make it as easy and hassle-free as possible for people to recycle these items safely. ”

AO.com currently offers a Collect & Recycle service where both customers and the public can book to have their appliances taken away to be responsibly recycled at AO’s unique refrigerator recycling facility in Telford.

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