The Sheffield neighbourhood that's just been crowned 'Greenest Town' in the UK

When it comes to recycling old technology Southey Green has been named as one of the greenest towns in the UK.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 1:55 pm

The district claimed its spot in the top 10 list for being the one of the most gadget-conscious towns by mobile comparison site Compare and Recycle.

The website identified the best towns for recycling old and unused gadgets including phones, tablets, camera and smart watches.

The number one spot of the most gadget conscious town in the UK for 2021 is Southey Green in Sheffield, which outperformed all other areas in the UK in relation to its population.

Sign up to our Business newsletter

Sign up to our Business newsletter

Southey Green has been named as the Greenest town in the UK by www.compareandrecycle.co.uk

Matthew Moreton, Managing Director at Compare and Recycle, said ( www.compareandrecycle.co.uk) said: "This Global Recycling Day, we want to celebrate our local towns and villages that regularly recycle their devices.

“We're inspired by people from Sheffield initiating the change and using Compare and Recycle to keep their phones away from landfills.

“Over the past five years, we managed to prevent over a million mobile phones from being wasted away.

“If everyone recycled their unwanted devices there would be a huge positive impact on the environment, reducing the amount of e-waste generated.

Do you recycle your old tech?

"We think that this is a cause worth celebrating. By taking a moment to celebrate local towns and villages we can encourage other places around the country to responsibly recycle their devices

“Well done Southey Green, keep up the good work!”

The most gadget-conscious towns in the UK:

1. Southey Green, Sheffield

2. Taughmonagh, Belfast

3. Preston, Lancashire

4. Crewe, Cheshire

5. Wells Green, Solihull

6. Bodmin, Cornwall

7. Epping, Essex

8. Lower Clapton, Hackney

9. Bletchley, Milton Keynes

10. Dagenham, Essex

In Europe, around 12 Mt 1 of e-waste was generated in 2019, and much of it is sent to developing countries where it goes to landfill, illegally traded or is burned for raw materials.

Our smartphones and digital devices can contaminate the environment as they contain metals including lead, cadmium and mercury.

If these metals are left to pollute the air and water, these toxins can be lethal for a variety of organisms living within that habitat, including human communities.

Every iPhone that can be refurbished and used again saves up to 111 kg of CO2-e 2 .