Smartphones – Beyond Reuse

Smartphones

Most people now have a mobile phone with the majority having a smartphone or tablet. Many children have access to a smartphone daily or have a tablet device of their own to help with school work and calls during Covid 19. Statista report that there will be 3.68 million users of smartphones in Ireland during 2021. Most internet users in Ireland use their smartphone access search engines, check their email, and visit social media sites weekly.

In 2019 Deloitte reported that 19 out of every 20 adults in Ireland owned a smartphone. The analysis noted that cross nearly all questions asked, females use their mobile phones more than males. Females used their phones for more purposes and usage of texting and video calling is well in excess of male usage. You can learn more at the Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey 2019:

Recycle IT – Old Electronic Devices / Smartphones

As we all use our phones more, we also replaced our phones regularly with ever-changing upgrades. Older models are safely stored with great intentions to reuse but rarely does reuse really happen? Is it time to clear out, make some space and get old phones reused or safely recycled?

If your considering reuse, your old phones might need a full reset and a software update. Make sure all your data has been wiped from the phone and all your personal accounts deactivated on the device.

The next question, what to do with the old phones or tablets?

Smartphone / Tablet Reuse

Offer your old or unused devices to a family member or friend. This saves clutter in your home or office and a family member or friend gets the benefit of a something they did not have before. It saves money, reduce the need for a new purchase and lessens environmental impacts.

Donate to an Irish Charity.

There are several charities that will accept smartphones as part of their fundraising campaigns. You are best searching the internet for a charity close to your heart and choosing that one as a beneficiary of your old smartphone.

Trade IT / Sell IT:

You may be finished with your smartphone, but chances are it still has more to give. If it is in good condition, it could go to a new owner. There are many choices including trade ins with your mobile phone company, tech stores, repair shops or advert websites. All these options offer reuse potential and can generate value in some form but be sure to delete all data from your phone before selling or trading and remember to get payment in advance of handover if selling!

Recycle IT Old Mobile Phones

Recycle IT

Whether you are an individual or an organisation you may have concerns about selling or offering your smartphones for reuse or resale. If this is the case, phones can be recycled safely – at a WEEE facility such a Recycle IT.

Please do not place the smartphones or tablets in the bin as components used to make the phones including metals, plastic, glass, and particularly lithium-ion batteries, should not be incinerated, or landfilled. It just bad for the environment and our health and wellbeing.

It is free to drop off smartphone, tablets, batteries cables and chargers to Recycle IT in Dublin. Some people post us old phones for safe recycling. If you have a lot of phoned in an office or business, we can arrange cost effective collections in Dublin and surrounding areas. Lastly they can be send via courier to our facility, just let us know in advance.

Recycle IT, is an award-winning social enterprise offering electrical, electronic, and metal recycling services through drop off and collection. Services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland and South Dublin County Council.

Recycle IT are supported by Pobal and Dormant Accounts and authorised by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare, and Wicklow.

For more information on Recycle IT please call 01 4578321, email info@recycleit.ie or visit our website www.recycleit.ie

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Spring Clean Month 2021 – Plan Yours

Community Spring Clean 2021

National Spring Clean is Ireland’s most popular, well-recognized and successful anti-litter and waste initiative. It takes place during April each year.  The campaign encourages all sector of society to actively participate and take responsibility for litter and waste. National Spring Clean has been operated by An Taisce since 1999 in partnership with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Dublin City Council – Park Flowers

The size and scale of our National Spring Clean has grown steadily and significantly over the years and has many benefits for people taking part. In 2019, 5,448 groups registered to carry out clean-ups throughout the country – Over 500,000 volunteers have participated in the Spring Clean 2019 and collected an estimated 3,000 tonnes of litter. National Spring Clean 2021 aims to build on the progress and momentum from prior years to make 2021 the most successful anti-litter campaign yet.

Please remember that clean-ups taking part before the end of the Level 5 Covid restrictions (Proposed as April 5th 2021) should only be within your own household/support bubble and within 5km from home.

In other years local area cleanups are usually organised by resident associations, tidy town groups, schools, youth group and others: (This year clean ups might be organised through virtual meetings in order to assign tasks prior to the event and people involved might focus on there local area).

With April 2021 in mind Recycle IT have assembled some tips for organising a successful National Spring Clean event in your area! Some of the tips below will not be practical due to COVID 19 but we can all do our bit in our immediate area. Stay safe, practice social distancing, wear gloves, follow government guidelines and enjoy.

Time

  • You will need time to organise your event. Start planning at least a few weeks in advance. Spring is the best time to do a cleanup – before grass and weeds have a chance to hide rubbish and litter and make retrieval more difficult.
  • When you select a day or weekend for the cleanup, check with local community organisations and the local authority in your area to avoid any event conflict
  • Arrange for the collection and disposal of the waste collected.
Street Lights Collected for Safe Recycling

Planning

  • A good plan will help your group set a direction and document the steps you need to take to organise the spring cleanup. Using an existing neighbourhood cleanup committee or forming a new group is a great way to get things done efficiently and build ownership at the same time.
  • Use a Clean Up notebook to record names, numbers emails, dates and other important information. It’s good to document everything and maintain a cleanup file including photos. This can be used for grant applications and PR.
  • Determine your “cleanup area” to get an idea of the support you will need. Use a map to coordinate teams and pickup routes. Records litter black spots and any situations needing special tools or equipment to get the job done.
  • Work to estimate the number of volunteers, assign tasks and develop a schedule.
Waste Bins

Team Building

  1. Remember letters or social media networks work well. If you do not know your neighbours, now is a good time to arrange a zoom or whatsapp call. Introduce yourself and tell them what you would like to do. Do not ask for a commitment — that will come later — just get a feel for the support you have.
  2. There may be groups within your community that regularly organize community projects. Consider partnering with these or other groups, even if they are not in your area.
  3. Businesses and your local authority take pride in their communities. Ask them to help with this community effort by donating items or funding to support the event.
  4. Have a few event photographers so you share photos on website, social media and in newsletter articles or annual reports.

Promotion

  • Consider creating a promotional flyer to distribute via email to local business and organisations.
  • Specify what will be or will not be accepted; provide options for those items.
  • Inform residents about the pickup times. Specify the cleanup will occur regardless of the weather. 
  • Include details of the cleanup in parish and community newsletters, social media, on websites, local radio and newspapers.
  • Invite the media to do a story on your cleanup – this is recognition of volunteers, donors or sponsors.
Get People Thinking before Disposing

Implementation

Before you start, gather everyone together to review the event and answer questions. Have a cleanup plan with a start and finish point in an estate or street with groups starting at both ends and working towards the middle. Spread volunteers out so they have plenty to do while having fun.

Coordinator duties

  • Register interested parties.
  • Ensure everyone is aware of safety requirements and areas to avoid.
  • Make sure children are safe and supervised by adults.
  • Answer questions on collection and removal.
  • Have brochures and coupons available on how to dispose of items you cannot accept (WEEE, batteries, hazardous waste, tires, oil, etc.).
  • Make sure plenty of water, mobile phones and a first aid kit on-site.
  • Keep details for emergency service at hand.
  • Keep a positive attitude. don’t get overwhelmed and avoid overwork – you can do more another day!

Some of the typical cleanup needs include:

  • Volunteers
  • Bin bags
  • Safety signs and general safety
  • Gloves/heavy-duty
  • Buckets for sharp objects
  • Tools (ropes, rakes, shovels, etc.)
  • Trees/wildflower/grass seeds
  • Hi-Vis Safety Vests
  • First Aid Kit
  • List of mobile phone numbers
  • After clean up event e.g. BBQ or picnic
WEEE To Work - Recycle IT
WEEE To Work – Recycle IT

Say Thanks

Take every opportunity to mention the support of your volunteers, especially when talking to the media. You should write thank you letters to key community groups and local businesses/donors. Provide copies of photos for their archives.

Finally…

Record what worked well and what didn’t. This means you do not have to reinvent the wheel this time next year! This information will be important for new and future members of the cleanup group.

If you would like to include a residents association door 2 door recycling collection for electrical, electronic and pure metal items as part of your local spring clean please call Recycle IT on 01 4578321 or email info@recylceit.ie.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT, is an award-winning social enterprise offering electrical, electronic and metal recycling services through drop off and collection. Services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland and South Dublin County Council.

Recycle IT are supported by Pobal and Dormant Accounts and authorised by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

For more information on Recycle IT please call 01 4578321, email info@recycleit.ie or visit our website www.recycleit.ie

You can get your spring clean pack and more information click here

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Why Should People Recycle?

What Motivates Recycling?

There are many motives for recycling like reducing the need for mining, quarrying and logging trees or refining and processing new raw materials. Recycling already mined and manufactured products saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, limits air and water pollution and diminishes the negative effects on climate.

The benefits of recycling are sound and positive. They include: 

  • Less waste sent to landfills and incinerators.
  • Saves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.
  • Supports economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials.
  • Reduces sources of pollution by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials.
  • Saves energy.
  • Creates employment and contributes to economic well being.

Most people are doing a good job at recycling but we can always do more. The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says Ireland generated approximately 14 million (M) tonnes of waste in 2018, corresponding to 2.9 tonnes per person.

The makeup of Ireland’s municipal waste has changed considerably over the last ten years. Plastics now makeup one-fifth of the waste in household recycling and residual waste bins.

More residual waste is now used as a fuel (energy recovery) than disposed to landfill in Ireland. In 2020, Ireland had three landfills accepting municipal waste for disposal in Ireland and two municipal waste incinerators accepting municipal waste for energy recovery while three cement kilns are authorised to accept solid recovered fuel (SRF) for co-incineration as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Recycling achievements over 20 years include:

  • 126 landfills in Ireland, reduced to 3.
  • 10 million tonnes of packaging diverted from landfill
  • 8 billion plastic bottles recycled
  • 7 billion glass bottles recycled
  • 6 billion aluminium cans recycled
  • 4 million tonnes of paper and cardboard
  • Separate yearly collection of 8.6KG per person of WEEE from households.

Reward Driven

Human are reward driven by nature and because the reward for recycling is not immediate and the repercussions are in the future many people develop a habit of total waste disposal. They don’t see the effects of climate change, global warming and environmental harm as affecting them in the present.

Barriers to Recycling

We need to look at potential and real barriers to recycling and take action to increase reduce, reuse and recycling participation in our homes and local communities.

Different areas, communities and people will face barriers to recycling with some requiring unique recycling solutions to overcome these barriers

The graph below lists the top reasons people said they don’t recycle more:

Source: Ipsos poll conducted 2011 (Published by the Huffington Post)
Source: Ipsos poll conducted 2011 (Published by the Huffington Post) Reformatted by Recycle IT

Encouraging Change

Practical solutions are important and can increase recycling participation rates, for example if recycling drop off initiatives are inconvenient for your areas could curbside collections be researched and introduced to improve recycling rates. This is a solution Recycle IT introduced a number of years ago for electrical items. Here are some more ideas.

1: Add recycling bins to public areas – work with your area representatives to achieve this goals.

2: Write a column for the local newspapers/newsletters or publish a blog.

3: Ask local schools to teach recycling to students and parents together.

4: Form a local recycling group or establish a tidy town initiative.

5: Use your creativity to repurpose, reuse or recycle and bring others along on the journey.

6: Reduce confusion. Many people are confused about which items can be recycled or can’t be recycled. Thinks about plastic yogurt pots or paper towel tubes? What do you do? Read more in an article by Conor Pope in the Irish Times or view the waste lists for Ireland here and share.

7: Think about the economic benefits of reuse or recycling to you and others. Did you know that organisation such as Recycle IT can create training opportunities and jobs based on recycling old electrical, electronic and pure metal items? What can you do?

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In 2018 the EPA reported data which puts Ireland just about in compliance with the Waste Framework Directive’s municipal recycling target of 50% (target for 2020). Current recycling trends indicate that Ireland faces significant challenges in meeting future EU recycling targets for 2025 (55%) to 2035 (65%).

Electrical and Electronic Change

In 2018 according to EPA data Ireland reached the European Union waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling and recovery targets for all ten categories of WEEE. The 2018 collection target was set at 45% of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market and we achieved collection rate of a 61%. This EU target increased to 65% from 2019. Did you know that 73% of WEEE collected in 2018 pre-treated in Ireland with organisations like Recycle IT and others working to achieve with result

From a everyday perspective electrical and electronic gadgets of all kinds can be incredibly useful and benefit all parts of our lives. The biggest downsides of electronics is the toxic nature of their many components. They are toxic to the environment, and sometimes to life. Some are just thrown away and left to leach into the soil which harms animals plants and water sources. You might consider slowing down the purchase cycle, use gadgets for longer, offer for reuse and lastly recycle safely with an organisation like Recycle IT

We should all care about recycling now, so our children and grandchildren can have cleaner greener futures on the planet which is central to our very existence.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical, electronic and metal items. During the last 18 months Recycle IT drop off and collection services to homes and organisations in Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of kitchen appliances, computers, cables, monitors, laptops, TV’s and pure metal items of all shapes and sizes

Our electrical community collection service is provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster, Ireland.

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Recycle IT – COVID-19 – 2021

Overview 2021

Recycle IT plan to remain open for electrical, electronic and pure metal recycling DROP OFF and COLLECTIONS during Level 5 of the Plan for Living with Covid-19. Recycling services are included in the list of essential services which can operate.

Following a recent Cabinet meeting the Government has decided to introduce COVID-19 Level 5 restrictions during late December 2020. These restrictions are due to be in place until further notice.

The Government say that over the coming weeks, we have a real challenge individually and collectively. With much of society and the economy closed, we all have choices to make which will have a significant impact on how we manage Covid-19 in 2021. To learn more click here.

These restrictions mean all counties in Ireland are Level 5 from midnight on 30 December 2020. At present Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until further notice. The Government will monitor and issue regular updates based on the status of the virus and on public health advice.

COVID 19

The priority is to minimise disruption to essential services but again this is subject to change. This means that some services will be moved online and some businesses and public services will be closed. You can learn more by clicking here. At present school are closed but hope to reopen shortly. We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:

Recycling with Recycle IT

Recycle IT reopened in Jan 20201 with a drop off service only but resumed a limited collection service again from February 1st 2021 based on demand. We are offering a safe collections services to households, schools, community group, charities and business organisations in Dublin at present. We have published collection guidelines to help ensure safe collections for customers and our team. You can read the guidelines here.

If you wish to drop off electrical, electronic and pure metal recycling drop off you will find our address and a location map and further details here.

COVID-19 Public Health Advice

Some of our staff team will be able to work from home. Others delivering services directly to the public with be working safely from our facility in Clondalkin, Dublin 22. The team will following all health and safety guidelines with a focus on those specific to COVID 19. Team members will have there temperature recorded daily with hand washing, hand sanitization and social distancing a priority.

Phone calls will be answered during the hours of 9.30 am and 1.30 pm. Email is the best form of communication and will be monitored Monday to Friday from 9 am and 5 pm.

Help Prevent COVID 19

If you wish to book an electrical recycling collection from your home, school, community group or business Recycle IT will make every effort to support on reopening for collections.

Once collection resume, its worth noting all items for recycling will need to be accessible, disconnected and ready for collection. Recycle IT teams will be following social distancing guidelines. They are happy to collect the electronic and electrical equipment from drives, parking areas, outside common areas and other accessible & clear external location. We ask recyclers to remain mindful of social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines when recycling.

If you need further information on COVID 19 updates are available on the HSE-HPSC Website (updated daily at 12 noon) together with guidance and other relevant information.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT, is an award-winning social enterprise offering electrical, electronic and metal recycling services through drop off and collection. Services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland and South Dublin County Council.

Recycle IT are supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Pobal and Dormant Accounts and authorised by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across in Leinster.

For more information on Recycle IT please call 01 4578321, email info@recycleit.ie or visit our website www.recycleit.ie

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Shorter Product Life Means More Recycling?

What is a Circular Economy

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional economy in which we Make Products, Use Products and Dispose Off  Products. The circular economy encourages us to keep scarce resources in use for as long as possible and extract the maximum value from them. This might include buying a radio, using it for 30 or 40 years years regardless of fashion trends, size trends, peer pressures or general appearance upgrades. Great! It’s still a radio once it provides you the opportunity to listen to news, music or sport. Once it life is over for you, we think it should be offer for reuse or safely recycled so parts materials can be reuse. What do you think?

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Recycle IT – The Circular Economy

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Plan to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where our resources are used in a more sustainable way.

The proposed actions will contribute to “closing the loop” of product life-cycles through greater efforts to reduce, reused, re-purpose and recycle in order to bring benefits for both the environment and the economy.

Benefits for The Environment, Consumer, Public Authorities and Businesses include

  • An increase in reuse and repair of products which will extend their longevity, provide consumers with financial gains and reduce waste.
  • Improved durability and repair-ability of products which benefits to consumers pockets.
  • Positive environmental impacts and improved enforcement of guarantees.
Equipment for Recycling

Can these benefits really happen?

Yes it can: But we do have to ask questions about electrical and electronic products with apparently shorter life cycles. Whether it’s electronic toys, computers, TV’s, hairdryers, tablet PC’s or mobile phones, most are used for shorter periods of times before they are replaced. This was the conclusion of a recent study carried out by the German Federal Environment Agency  (UBA, February 2016)

The downside to having new and shiny electronic equipment is the vast consumption of valuable resources required to create them. The  end to end production process or supply chain creates pollution in the form of greenhouse gases, e.g. extraction, manufacturing and transportation. The report calls for minimum requirements to be established for product life and quality, “a sort of minimum shelf life for electrical and electronic devices”.

Its not just shiny electronic, the number of large household appliances like cookers, washing machines, fridges and dishwashers that had to be replaced due to a fault within the first five years after purchase also increased, from 3.5% in 2004 to 8.3% in 2013, according to the study carried out by the Öko Institute in Freiburg, Germany . This study was carried out in conjunction by with the University of Bonn.

The FutureRepair-Friendly Design

The president of the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Maria Krautzberger suggested that the capacity to repair the device should be facilitated by repair-friendly design and the making available of spare parts to non-manufacturers and other third parties. A second suggestion stated, that products have a recommended life span as product price is not a good indicator of reliability yet consumer who pay more expect a longer life span.

The drive to recycle our products and reduce factors such as climate change is one of the main aims of the European Commission’s circular economy package, which is intended to increase recycling levels and tighten rules on incineration and landfill.

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Employment

The whole industry requires better regulation and greater flexibility which will allow for ease of reuse and recycling. This can lead to increased employment opportunities in the repair and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment leading to a longer life and recycling pushed further down the road.

Between 2012 and 2018, 4 million jobs were linked to the circular economy in the EU, a growth of grew 5%. The circular economy can be expected to have a positive effect on job creation provided workers acquire the skills required by the green business. The potential of social economy organisations is like Recycle IT and others looks good once people grip the real value of offering their old stuff for reuse and recycling.

Arranging and preparing for re-use and recycling of waste in the EU will be enhanced by a thorough review of EU rules on waste shipments. A review will will look at restricting exports of waste items that have harmful environmental and health impacts in third countries or can be treated domestically within the EU. There will be a focus on countries of destination, problematic waste streams, types of waste operations that are source of concern, and enforcement to counteract illegal shipments. (Source: EU Circular Economy Action Plan).

Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical, electronic and metal items. During the last 18 months Recycle IT offered drop-off and collection services to homes, charities, schools and business organisations of all types across Dublin and surrounding areas.

Our recycling teams operate across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting electrical appliances which are old, damage and/or beyond repair. Items can include dishwashers, cookers, fridges, washing machines, computers, cables, monitors, microwaves, screens and much more.

Our electrical community collection service is provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

Call us on 01 4578321 or email us at here. Visit our website www.recycleit.ie

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