Ireland: 45 per cent of all WEEE items put on the market recycled in 2013

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Source: WEEE Ireland

Dublin, Ireland — In 2013, WEEE Ireland collected and recycled 25,651 tonnes of WEEE; this equates to 45 per cent of all WEEE items placed on the market by their members. These figures are an increase on previous years, but show a significant gap of 55 per cent of electric and electronical items on the market that are not being disposed of correctly and entering the proper WEEE recycling channels. Among others, Ireland needs to put a stop to rogue collection and hoarding of electrical items if new EU recycling targets are to be met,  WEEE Ireland warned as they announce their 2013 recycling figures.

Ireland needs to recycle all types of electrical waste. WEEE Ireland encourages the public to recycle more electronic waste especially for the smaller appliances used around the house like DVD players, old computers, hairdryers, batteries and energy saving lamps. It is very important that all electrical waste is handed over to an authorised WEEE collection point, local authority recycling centres, electrical retailers or WEEE Ireland special collection events.

Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland, said: „The continued rise in the number of ‘non-authorised’ collections and improper recycling of WEEE being carried out across the country is of huge concern to us. Despite the recycling of unwanted electrical and battery waste being free and easy to do, not all of this waste is making its way back into an authorised system. As a result of these ‘rogue’ collections Ireland may be at risk of not achieving its challenging future EU recycling targets. The other issue here is that rogue collectors are not properly recycling WEEE, which is a serious issue for the environment.“

Another factor that WEEE Ireland has identified as contributing to the 55 per cent of WEEE items on the market that are not being recycled correctly: the number of items that people are hoarding in their homes. Leo Donovan added: „During the Saorview campaign we saw an unprecedented rise in the number of televisions recycled. People tend to store electrical items in the garage, under the stairs, in attics, instead of simply bringing it to an authorised collection for free recycling. We are urging people not to keep electrical waste and waste batteries lying around the house.“

Source: WEEE Ireland