Friends of the Earth members have lobbied Dixons stores throughout the UK to complain about dumping of electrical goods in the UK.
According to the group, over six million electrical items are dumped in the UK every year and it wants the industry to label goods? expected lifespan and to offer free extended guarantees.
That comes as the European Union next month discusses plans to force manufacturers to take responsibility for products from cradle to grave.
Said Anna Thomas, waste campaigner at Friends of the Earth: ?Throwaway products have a major impact on the natural environment and the manufacturing process pumps pollution and wastes energy. The proposed new law must have tough recycling and reuse targets and ensure that the costs fall on industry. It is clear that the electrical goods industry is resisting change and trying to force council tax payers to pick up the tab.?
She said Friends of the Earth wants the EU to force the companies which manufacture and sell the products to look after their disposal and re-cycling.
The EU has issued a working paper on the management of waste from electrical and electronic equipment and is accepting submissions from interested parties.
Friends of the Earth said that a TV contains around five kilograms of metal and mining and processing that material will have created around a quarter of a tonne of waste.
The organisation, said Thomas, will publish a report next month which will show that consumption of metals in the UK will have to be reduced by 80 per cent in order not to breach environmental limits.
The mining and manufacturing cause toxic pollution worldwide, use fossil fiel energy and leave vast amounts of toxic waste, she added.
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