Data security fears prevent household electrical items being recycled

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30-44-year-olds were most likely to never or not always delete their personal data

Nearly 70% of people in the UK said they are concerned about personal security data breaches from recycling old and unused electrical products, according to a survey by REPIC.

As a consequence of these fears, a third of those surveyed admitted they were more likely to keep hold of old electricals rather than recycling them.

Across the age groups, 30-44-year-olds were most likely to not always delete their personal data from electronic devices before disposal.

Mark Burrows-Smith, CEO of REPIC, said: “These results are really telling in what drives people’s recycling behaviours and the need for increased education around how householders remove personal data before disposal.”

However the survey also revealed an increase in the number of respondents who would be willing to donate, sell or pass on electricals that are still in good working order.

Burrows-Smith added: “Overall the results paint an optimistic picture that attitudes and behaviours are moving in the right direction.

“Yet it is clear from these findings and the issues the WEEE industry is facing that we must adapt to changing consumer behaviours to ensure this continues on the right trajectory.”

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