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Throwaway culture adds to waste burden.

HOUSEHOLDS in the West Midlands are creating shocking amounts of waste by ditching broken or outdated goods, a survey has found.

Environmental agency Envirowise claims consumers in the region have adopted a throwaway culture.

It found that 80percent of products are binned after just one use and that the average adult will produce around eight tonnes of waste every year, equivalent to the weight of two African elephants.

Martin Gibson, director of the Envirowise programme, said: "People simply do not expect the products they buy to last very long and do not see repair as a viable option.

"Sadly, that throwaway culture translates into huge quantities of waste."

The survey also found people do not have faith in the longevity of items they buy - 46 per cent of people don't expect a washing machine to last for six years.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 1, 2005
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