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currys_logoApparently there are 18.9 million unused gadgets cluttering up UK homes. That’s why retailer Currys is launching a digital detox drive offering free electrical recycling.

Research released today by Currys found that 40 per cent of us received a new gadget for Christmas, adding to our growing technology mountain.

Over 3,000 respondents were quizzed by the electricals retailer about their plans to dispose of electrical items and nearly a third (29 per cent) admitted to owning at least three gadgets that are unused and left lying round the house.

Meanwhile, almost 60 per cent of Brits don’t even consider recycling their unwanted gadgets and of those that do, 39 per cent are not aware that retailers offer recycling programmes.

Currys said that each year in the UK, 1.2 million tonnes of electrical waste is produced, which is enough to fill Wembley stadium six times over.

Niall O’Keeffe, UK marketing director at Currys’ parent company DSGi, said Currys is the UK’s only electrical retailer to offer a free recycling service on all electricals.

“The figures showing how many electrical items are stored or discarded across the UK are staggering and as consumers now upgrade technology more regularly, the pile of unused gadgets is building,” O’Keeffe said.

“Currys aims to help and as part of our January Digital Detox Drive, we will offer consumers the opportunity to take advantage of our free recycling service whether new products have been purchased from us or not.”