British People Throw Dysons Away Rather Than Repair Them!

Surprising numbers accompany recent reports that the British are throwing away more domestic appliances than other countries, with only 12% of the 300 million plus tonnes of waste we produce a year being recycled.

As an indulgent and some say, frivolous society, it seems that we would rather spend our disposable incomes on replacing domestic appliances rather than taking the time to repair them, despite the latter option usually being far more cost-effective. Especially with Dyson vacuum cleaners.

Favouring the new over nurturing the (not so) old

In the United Kingdom, it is said an astonishing 800,000 tonnes of electrical appliances are thrown away every year. Certain items are more disposable than others. A Dyson – even an early DC04 – is a more viable repair than a toaster for example. But the overall impact on the environment is something to consider.

Recycled Dysons

It’s not necessarily the amount which causes a problem, but the weight of these goods. Without a thought given to our carbon footprint, many of us are quite happy to throw away products such as refrigerators, televisions, Dyson vacuum cleaners and ovens that could easily be repaired, and replace with brand new models usually imported from China.

Often times, these old appliances merely needed an inexpensive new part that would have taken a few minutes to fit.

Question: Are we all too busy to even care?

Our lifestyles can be busy. We British are working longer hours than our parents did, and we tend to try to save time on other tasks to maximise the free time we do actually have.

Sometimes, due to our relative increased affluence, we are simply so used to a certain lifestyle and have the income not to feel the need to scrimp and scrape, so we elect to replace any product with a problem as a simpler solution to having it repaired.

Look at this van full of Dyson vacuum cleaners. These ones will be recycled, but untold thousands more will not be.

Recycle Dyson

Before disposing of Dyson vacuum cleaners and other appliances with relatively minor faults, we should all stop and think about what we are actually doing.

If we could each take the time to think before we needlessly waste the appliances we already have, and take the time to ask a local repair man (which usually costs nothing), the results would have a far more positive impact on the environment. Not to mention our pockets.

With the internet at our fingertips, it takes very little effort to find Dyson spare parts or any other appliance spare parts. Replacing a faulty part usually costs far less than buying a whole new oven or vacuum cleaner, for example, and will bring a new lease of life to your otherwise trusty appliance.

Various government schemes are running to raise awareness of the need to recycle and implement freecycle and upcycle type projects that will increase the amount of electronic waste recycled across the UK. As long as more recycling schemes are put in place, and people start to give this stuff some consideration, Britain will be on the way to reducing waste and the harm it causes.

Lets imagine you have a Dyson DC14. They look like this.

Dyson DC14

One day smoke starts pouring from it and you think the motor has gone.

How much is a new Dyson? £200? £300? Sometimes as much as £400! And the new Cinetic or whatever will not be as reliable as your trusty DC14.

Trust us, it simply wont be. Dyson’s are not engineered like they were.

Why not grab yourself a Dyson workshop manual, and a replacement DC14 motor and do the job yourself?  It will come in at under £30.

Even if you get an independent Dyson repair specialist to do it, it will only cost you about £65 supplied and fitted.

Better than £400 for a new Dyson, yes? Why not be green AND save money? We can all feel good about being green with an extra £350 in our pocket!