Disposing of Old Electrical Items
Members of the public may dispose of all their household WEEE appliances free of charge at Recycle IT in Clondalkin, Co Dublin.
WEEE Ireland support Recycle IT in the collection and recycling old and waste electrical items. This service is part-financed by the payment of tariffs from the producers who originally put the WEEE into the market place. Recycling opportunities are available free to residents groups through a door to door collection services. Up to 400 homes per day are offered an electrical recycling collection with help provided with lifting and moving items. The service is age-friendly and our teams are helpful so don’t be shy!
What does Electrical / WEEE Recycling Mean?
The WEEE Regulations were introduced to promote the environmentally responsible disposal, recovery, and recycling of consumer electrical goods and appliances in Ireland. The Regulations apply to all kinds of Electrical & Electronic Equipment but contain limited exemptions for certain types of devices, such as some medical or military items.
These regulations require the Producers (manufacturers and importers) and Retailers of Electrical & Electronic Equipment to ensure systems are in place to fund and encourage the return, collection, and recycling of WEEE items from the general public. Recycle IT supports this recycling activity and is licensed to do so.
Retailer / Consumers Recycling
Retailers of Electrical & Electronic Equipment, including internet sellers, are now required by law to provide for take-back of WEEE articles from customers free of charge, subject to the conditions below:
Free retailer take-back only applies when a new item has been purchased and on a one-for-one basis.
Any item for return must be of a similar type as the new item being bought; e.g. a retailer is not obliged to accept a television if a customer has only bought a toaster.
With any household items that require delivery, retailers must collect the old appliance free of charge, and give at least 24 hours notice of delivery. Items such as fridges must be properly de-frosted and disconnected by the customer before collection. Depending on retailer there may be a delivery charge.
All retailers selling Electrical & Electronic Equipment to the general public are legally obliged to comply with various other requirements under the WEEE Regulations, including measures relating to the:
- Display of statutory WEEE signage in-store, that must be displayed at each point of sale;
- Provision of information explaining WEEE take-back procedures and deadlines to the public;
- Provision of a suitable storage area for any returned WEEE items.
- Further information on the WEEE Regulations is also available at the EPA website.
Civic Amenity Recycling
In Dublin and surrounding areas all old, damaged and unwanted household electrical items, batteries and energy-saving light bulbs can be brought to your nearest civic amenity site for free recycling. A list of these locations in Dublin is available here
Recycle IT Recycling
Electrical and electronics recycling service have been operated by Recycle IT since 2002. Our teams work with householders, charities, schools, colleges, business, government, non-government and community-based organizations in Dublin and the surrounding counties of Kildare and Wicklow.
Recycle IT offer kerbside, door to door and organizational recycling collections. Services are offered to about 90,000 homes and organizations each year which helps ensure electronic, electrical and metal equipment is safely recycled. Equipment collected flows through an authorized and approved recycling supply chain which feeds the circular economy and ultimately reuse.
As a not for profit social enterprise, Recycle IT has benefited the WEEE sector since 2007 by collecting waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from householders and community organizations who can find it costly and therefore hard to recycle.
Examples of items that can be recycled for free include:
- All types of batteries including farm fencing and automotive batteries
- Torches, Power tools, and other Small Electrical Devices
- Fridges, Freezers, Washing Machines, and Electric Ovens
- PCs, Networking, TVs, Monitors, Cables, Chargers
- Energy Saving Lamps and other Lighting Equipment
- Along with any other household WEEE you may have.
These type of items are accepted free from (homes and organizations) by Recycle IT.
For full/downloadable lists of all items recycled please click here
If you miss your Recycle IT collection day remember that you can recycle your household electrical waste and waste batteries at our recycling centre free of charge. Click here for our location and directions. You can also arrange a cost-effective personal collection with Recycle IT. Just click here
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is an award-winning, not for profit, a social enterprise established to create employment and promote environmental awareness through recycling and reuse. We work in partnership with WEEE Ireland and are authorized by your local authority to provide electrical, electronic and pure metal recycling collections across Dublin since 2007. Recycle IT are fully compliant for WEEE collection with permit detail available here.