Michael Briggs, Head of Sustainability at Which?, said:
“This proposal that would give consumers more ways to dispose of their electronic devices sustainably is a step in the right direction, but to address the UK’s growing electronic waste problem, more must be done to increase the lifespan of smart devices.
“Manufacturers should be designing more durable devices that are easier and cheaper for consumers to repair. Security updates are also important for the functionality of smart devices, so tech firms must be more transparent about vital security updates, and those offering them for only a couple of years need to do better.
“The government must also push ahead with planned legislation, backed by strong enforcement, to ensure manufacturers are much clearer about security updates for smart devices.”
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