Towards the end of the discussion, audience members were encouraged to ask questions. "I think people get quite impassioned about these things", said Victoria Gill, "about their ability to repair their stuff. People want to not be part of the problem. Because they do see that we’re throwing a lot of these quite valuable materials away, and they want to not do that."
In August, Victoria broke the news of our nationwide survey, which revealed there could be as many as 40 million unused devices in the UK alone. She says the story received a big response.
"A lot of people got in touch because they wanted to know how we recycle this stuff – what’s the best thing to do. These items are becoming so much integrated into our lives, and I think people were quiet concerned about that.
"I think we're definitely still more questions than answers. Janet had some really interesting points about how really regulation has to be the answer, and how a lot of the big corporations that are making our technology quite resistant to that regulation. If we're going to put some kind of a limit of the amount of indium that a company can use in its materials – rather than just say you can use as much as you want as long as you're paying for it – then that's possibly going to be a more speedy solution to this problem."
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