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Over 250,000 tonnes of WEEE recovered in Ireland

Over 250,000 tonnes of WEEE recovered in Ireland

June 16, 2015

WEEE IrelandSince its introduction in 2005, WEEE Ireland has collected over 75 million electrical items, the equivalent of 70 per household.

The statistics were published on the WEEE website to celebrate the scheme’s 10th anniversary, showing that 90,000 tonnes of CO2 has been diverted because of the Fridge Freezer recycling programme, the equivalent of the emissions from all private licensed cars in Ireland in 2013. 2,300 tonnes of batteries have also been recovered, the same as over 125 million AA batteries.

The WEEE take-back rate in collection areas have grown since 2005 to over 50 percent of household WEEE, already surpassing the 2016 EU target of 45 percent. However, the “challenge remains” for the Ireland to hit a 65 percent collection for recycling level by 2019, and one in four in Ireland are still “hoarding or putting electrical waste in the rubbish bin at home”.

Lee Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland, said: “The landscape of electrical recycling in Ireland has completely changed since WEEE Ireland was established by the producers of electrical appliances in 2005.  We have all moved from putting WEEE and waste batteries into our rubbish bins to automatically taking back for recycling to retailers or Local Authority recycling centres or weekend collection events.

“However the bar is continually being raised to encourage us to recycle more waste and recover resources and we need to continue to get more communities and people involved and thinking about how we manage our electrical waste.” he said.

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Tags : Environment Ireland WEEE

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