Waste Reduction Week 2018 – Business can!

European Waste Reduction Week 2018

European Waste Reduction Week is run yearly and starts November 17th, 2018 running until Nov 25th This year Recycle IT want to encourage small businesses to go green for the week and longer.

What does Recycling mean?

Recycling means any recovery operation taking place after collection and by which waste materials are reprocessed into products, materials or substances whether for the original or other purposes. It includes the reprocessing of organic material but does not include energy recovery and the reprocessing into materials that are to be used as fuels or for back filling operations.

European Waste Reduction Week 2018 Support by Recycle IT
European Waste Reduction Week 2018 Support by Recycle IT

Recycle IT have assembled some easy to use office waste reduction tips and ideas which don’t cost much and will save you money in the long run!

Create a paperless office? – step by step!

It may be time to consider the idea by simply saying no to paper usage. Firstly, identify for what purposes you must use paper and how you can avoid paper use. Once you make the lists for both, then be sure to clearly announce the policy with timelines for change. then find a champions in the office to offer encouragement. Every office has an environmentally responsible person!

If your business must use paper, try to keep paper usage and waste to a minimum by

  • Encouraging everybody in the office to edit documents on computers before printing.
  • Store and share all office files digitally.
  • Use both sides of a paper by setting up computers to automatically print on two-sided.
  • Reuse small paper pieces for short memos.
  • Stop using fax machines.
  • Send report via email and share meeting documents using PowerPoint.
  • Use al lighter weight papers in the office.
  • Reuse envelopes by putting a label over the old address.
  • Make use of electronic and voicemail and avoid paper mail wherever possible.
  • Take actions to decrease unsolicited mail.
  • Get a notice board or large screen to share information with colleagues
  • Reduce spacing and margins when printing documents. (fit more on the page)
  • Reuse, plastic sleeves, files and folders.
  • Edit mailing lists to avoid sending unnecessary letter or post cards.
  • Shredded paper can be recycled / repurposed as packaging filler for delivery boxes.
  • Setup a ‘what’s app’ group to share general office information.
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Office – Paperless Office

Waste Reduction Tips

  • Although paper waste constitutes the largest portion of office waste, there are other types of waste which builds up over time so here are a few ideas!
  • Purchase products with less packaging or with no packaging at all.
  • Request that your office supplies be supplied in returnable containers and then return the emptied containers to the supplier on their next visit.
  • Ask the suppliers to take packaging back for reuse or to enhance the feasibility for them to recycle large quantities of waste.
  • Manage and reduce the number ink and toner cartridges purchased and used.
  • Rent equipment that you use only occasionally rather than investing and storing in the workplace.
  • Invest in high-quality everyday equipment that is durable, reusable and repairable.
  • Encourage colleagues to have reusable cutlery, plates, and cups at their desks.
  • Encourage staff teams to bring their lunch to work in reusable containers.
  • Where opportunity permits introduce a compost or brown bin recycling at work
  • Introduce waste education sessions to get staff buy in and keep staff updated on progress.
  • Select plant landscaping that requires low maintenance and produces little waste.

Office Equipment Recycling.

Recycle electronic equipment, batteries, plastic, metal cans, and beverage containers. Consider developing a partnership with a local recycler if your office generates electronic or electrical waste.  It might benefit both organisations!

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Electronic Office and Business Waste

Don’t allow old or unused electrical or electronic equipment take up space and collect dust. The sooner it is recycled, the quicker that valuable resources will be available for reuse, thus avoiding the mining of virgin raw materials.

Reduce travel, reduce carbon emissions and save money through Skype meetings or video calls. Allow staff work at home to save time, money and the planet.

To define your business or office to truly be “Green” you should consider making all the products and services your business uses and offers environmentally friendly. Start small and you will increasingly, recognise the value of environment sustainability for all your business operations

For more information please visit the European Waste Reduction Week website 

Good luck with your European Waste Reduction Week.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning and the only Community Electronic Recycling Social Enterprise providing a community collection service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Recycle IT offered collection services to 90,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas each year collecting a range of WEEE including monitors, TV’s and much more.

Our services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland We are authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authority. Visit our website for further details on our work.

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Reduce, Repair, Reuse or Recycle Computers

Computers – the end of life options! 

Advances hardware and software on computers, laptops tablets and smart phones helps make IT equipment go out of date very quickly. The United Nations University (UNU) found that more than 44 million metric tonnes of electronic waste were generated globally in 2016, with just 20% documented as recycled.

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Old Computers – Recycle IT

As technology continues to change better models of computers are released replacing existing models. As you keep up with the latest technology, you are likely have old computers sitting around. Old IT equipment can’t be disposed with other waste and as they get older reuse gets harder!

If you plan to replace a computer, tablet or phone at home or in the office make sure you keep all the leads, discs and instruction manuals to allow easier reuse.

Computers for Collection by Recycle IT
Computers for Collection by Recycle IT

Recycle IT promote the Reduce, Repair, Reuse and Recycle model  – you will find some guidance below

Reduce

  • Use your current computer equipment for as long as possible.
  • Prior to new purchases research your IT needs. You should really know what you want from your computers, who will use the computer and for what purpose.
  • This makes it easier to buy the right computer or laptop with the correct software installed. meaning the computer can serve you needs over a longer period.
  • Check that your new computer can easily be upgraded without needing to be replaced.

Repair

  • Get support with your IT challenges using on-line technical support groups.
  • Find a computer shop or repair service close to you. A useful link – repairmystuff.ie
  • Take your computer or laptop back to the store where you bought it for warranty support.
  • Once informed about the choices, ask yourself, is repair worthwhile?

Reuse

  • Approach a local community group, preschool or school and ask if they could benefit from reusing the item.
  • Offer a useful computer to a younger member of the family.
  • Donate to a charity. Call before taking computers to a charity shop as not every shop can accept electrical/electronic equipment.
  • Remove personal data and passwords safely prior to reuse.

Recycle

  • Drop off your old computer to Recycle IT in Dublin for free and safe recycling.
  • Place your laptop or tables in a box and post to Recycle IT for safe recycling.
  • Have computers and all related equipment collected for recycling. (free or fee-based collections offered).
  • Recycle your really old IT for component reuse.
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Recycle IT – Creating Training and Jobs

Electronic items including computers which are unable to be refurbished and reused can be sent to Recycle IT at our Dublin based electronic recycling facility. IT equipment of all shapes and sizes is broken down for component parts and metal reuse. If more people, follow use this route to recycling our organisation can increase its overall sustainability and efforts to recycle. Chosing this option helps support jobs in the community and hlep with safe environmentally friendly recycling. Call our team on 01 4578321 to learn more!

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Training and Work Experience – Recycle IT

Recycle IT  are an award-winning  community enterprise providing recycling collection and drop off services for all types of waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) and pure metal items.

During 2017 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to over 90,000 homes, schools, charities and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.

Recycle IT services are 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 Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

2018 Reuse Month with Recylce IT
2018 Reuse Month with Recylce IT

TV and Monitor Recycling in Dublin

Monitors and Visual Display Units

Display technology is commonly associated with screens that presents information in visual form. Most displays are used in television sets (TVs), computer monitors and mobile phones/smartphones. In 2015, there was an estimated 1.57 billion households worldwide which owned a television set. (Source: The Statistics Portal). In Ireland 96.5% of householder have a TV with 80.8% having a computer leading us to believe, most computer users are likely have a screen of some sort at home (Irish Stats Source: CSO)

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Watching – TV Display
The Facts 

In 2016, 225 million LCD TVs type devices were sold worldwide.  (Source: The Statistics Portal)  In recent times curved monitors demand is on the rise which means a greater number of flat panel screens will be replaced in homes and offices leaving the old one’s unused!

TV’s, Visual Display Units (VDU’S) and Monitors are made up of 8 different core elements including glass 40%, zinc / Mazak 1%, plastic 21%, circuit boards 11%, iron / steel 15%, cable 3%, and transformers 2%. To allow recycling each element must be separated without leaving any cross contamination i.e. clean plastic, clean glass, clean copper etc.

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Curved Screens / Monitors
Whats New

A CRT monitor is a computer monitor based around a device called a Cathode Ray Tube and has been around for decades. The size and shape of the tube has determined the dimensions of computer monitors.

In recent times CRT technology have been replaced by LCD and TFT screens but some people and companies are still using older CRT monitors. We estimate there are still thousands of tons of CRT monitors hoarded away in people’s home and offices. These type monitors need to be extracted and safely recycled and Recycle IT can help.

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Recycle Monitors – Recycle IT
Recycling 

Recycle IT want to encourage people in Dublin and the surrounding areas to support our social enterprise and the environment by giving up old yet functional monitors and recycling broken or damaged monitor. Choosing to give up your used electronics rather than placing then in the bin reduces the need to process new raw materials for new products and helps the earth stay green for longer!

Recycle IT offer a recycling service for all types of TVs, VDUs and Monitors which guarantees safe recycling for your end of life screen.

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CRT Computer Monitors
About Recycle IT

Recycle IT offer recycling opportunities to home and business customers for all types of electronics equipment. With Recycle IT, TV and monitor recycling is available using a free, drop off, free community collections or through a cost-effective personal or business collection. We will accept of your old electrical items alongside your old TV’s and monitors.

Recycle IT services are 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 Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

2017 Pakman Award Winner – Recycle IT – Community Recycling Project of the Year.

To learn more about recycling electrical equipment please call Recycle IT on 01 4578321, email us or visit www.recycleit.ie

Communities Tackle Ireland’s Litter in April – Spring Clean Month

Rob Kearney and Sarah McGovern call on communities to tackle Ireland’s Litter Problem on the 20th Anniversary of Ireland’s largest and longest running anti-litter campaign,  National Spring Clean which runs throughout April 2018

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Spring Clean Ambassador Sarah McGovern & Ireland Rugby Player Rob Kearney

Irish rugby international Rob Kearney and National Spring Clean ambassador Sarah McGovern, kicked off the National Spring Clean 2018 with a nationwide call to volunteers and communities across Ireland to register for this year’s anti-litter campaign.

Communities 

The National Spring Clean will bring together communities throughout the country to tackle the problem of litter in local areas. This initiative is organised by An Taisce and supported by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Taking part in the National Spring Clean is very straight forward. Organize for a clean up of your local area, to take place any time during April, and register your event online, by phone, fax or post. To register online click ‘Sign Up’ . Once you have registered you should receive a FREE clean-up kit from An Taisce. It contains a range of tools and information and you can learn more here

Progress over 20 Years

Achievements over the last 20 years can be viewed below and are the result of hard work in communities across Ireland supported by An Taisce in partnership with the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government and Local Authorities across Ireland.

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National Spring Clean – 20 Years of Progress

Last year (2017), an estimated 2660 tonnes of litter was collected of which 35% was recycled. In the current era of climate change the more we recycle, the more we reduce our carbon emissions, so by taking part in National Spring Clean we are making a difference!

 

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 and electronic equipment (WEEE).

During 2017 Recycle IT offered free drop off and community collection services to 90,000 homes and organisations across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.

Recycle IT services are 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 Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

If your Dublin spring clean group come across dumped electrical items during a clean up, assemble them together and Recycle IT can arrange a collection. Call John or 01 45783212 to learn more.

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Recycle IT are Repak Community Recycler of the Year 2017

 

Public Participation – Dublin Environmental Gathering

The Gathering 2018 

April is National Spring Clean month in Ireland, Eco week is celebrated in South Dublin from April 23rd and Earth Day is set for April 22nd. All good reasons to attend.

The Dublin Environmental Gathering is being organised by the Public Participation Networks (PPNs) of South Dublin County, Dublin City, Fingal and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in collaboration with the Irish Environmental Network. The Gathering is open to PPN member groups from across Dublin, as well as individuals and groups who are not yet PPN members.

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The Environmental Gathering

You might like to find out more about environmental and sustainability-related projects that are happening in Dublin? You might be interested in getting involved in a project that supports the environment or you equally could be looking for ideas to being back to your own community to share!

At the Dublin Environmental Gathering you can:

  • Find out more about successful environmental and sustainability-related projects in Dublin that you can get involved with or try in your own area.
  • Find out more about the Public Participation Network in your area and how your community group can use the PPN effectively to enhance your own goals, collaborate with others, and make a difference in local decision-making.
  • Learn how PPN member groups can become part of the Environmental pillar of their PPN.
  • Find out about funding opportunities for environmental and sustainability-related projects.

This Environmental Gathering event will take place in Dublin City Council’s Wood Quay venue on Saturday the 7th of April from 10.30am-3pm with a complimentary lunch served at 1pm.

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Map of Dublin

The day will include presentations from PPN members and other organisations on inspiring projects they have undertaken, information stands, networking opportunities and a panel discussion. Presentations will include a talk on Dublin Bay Biosphere and the keynote speaker will be architect and environmentalist Duncan Stewart.

Recycle IT Stand

Recycle IT will attend and share information on community recycling collections and drop off for all kinds of electrical, electronic and metal equipment. You can learn about free collections for residents, community groups schools and charities in Dublin and the surrounding area.

Learn more about Recycle IT here or call 01 4578321

To register for the event click here

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Recycle IT are Repak Community Recycler of the Year 2017

Recycle IT – Commended for CSR in 2017

Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2017

The Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards were established in 2004 to recognise the work being carried out by Irish and multinational companies to improve the lives of their employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate.

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Chambers Ireland

This unique competition now in it 14th year offers the business community in Ireland a chance to promote their efforts in CSR and gain recognition for best practice. The awards are presented in a variety of categories covering all areas of CSR.

The shortlist for the awards was announced in July and the overall awards winners were announced at a black tie dinner on September 7th, 2017. Recycle IT were delighted to be shortlisted in Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) category alongside 5 other organisations.

About the Awards

The 2017 Chambers Ireland, Corporate Social Responsibility Awards are partnered by Business in the Community Ireland, run in association with the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and sponsored by BAM Ireland.

The awards are judged by two separate panels comprising experts in the field of CSR. The first panel will decide the shortlist while the second panel will decide the category and overall winners. The judging process is completely independent and no representative from Chambers Ireland sits on the judging panel.

On the night Recycle IT were commended for our work in supporting local communities with a range of community electrical recycling initiatives. These initiatives help increases the quantity of electrical, electronic and battery operated equipment recycled each year.

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 and electronic equipment (WEEE). During 2016 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to 100,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.

Recycle IT services are 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 Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. To learn more, please call 01 4578321 or visit our website www.recycleit.ie 

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Recycle IT – National Award Winners

2016 National Friendly Business Awards

JCI as an organisation, recognise the pivotal role small businesses play in Ireland so each summer sees JCI branches across the country run the JCI Friendly Business Awards. These awards were set up to recognise businesses that excel in serving the needs of local people while also playing a vital role in community development.

The JCI National Friendly Business Awards are supported by Bank of Ireland and is the flagship business programme operated and promoted by JCI. They acknowledge and celebrate the value many small businesses bring to communities across Ireland every day.

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2016 JCI National Friendly Business Awards – Winners and Runners Up

The awards are run first at a local level with each JCI branch in Ireland awarding winners in the following categories, Community Impact, Customer Care, Digital Experience, Disability Access, Eco-Friendliness and Shop Layout and Design.  In 2016 there were over 500 entries across all categories with local award winners selected from these entries.

For the National Award each JCI branch then puts forward a short list of local winners to be considered for the National Friendly Business Awards. The national award winners are selected through a public vote and by a panel for judges.

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Theresa Cahill, Ivan Farmer, John McEntee, Ronan Neacy, Neil McCabe

Eco Friendly Winner 

This year the awards were held at the JCI Ireland National Convention in Galway on October 21st and Recycle IT were delighted to accept the National Award for Eco Friendliness. This followed on from our JCI regional award for Dublin received in August 2016.

John McEntee, Marketing Manager with Recycle IT says “we take great pride in winning this national award. It helps us stand out as an ‘Eco Friendly’ community electrical recycler, it sends a positive message to people and organisations with whom we work today and hopefully will help us further promote our electrical recycling services to business, community groups school’s charities and the public”.

Una Lavelle, General Manager with Recycle IT says “our recent JCI Award for Eco Friendliness raises the profile and enhance our reputation as a social enterprise offering customer focused waste management services. It helps us promote the work we do with communities all over Dublin and surrounding areas while at the same time places a real value on the work of our team.

Thanks for all the hard work JCI Ireland and JCI Dublin put into this years awards from all at Recycle IT, Community Electrical Recycling.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is a not for profit social enterprise providing a community collection service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). During 2015 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to 100,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE including over 7000 monitors and TV’s. Recycle IT also work with communities across Dublin to support reuse.

Our services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. We are authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authority.

Visit our website for further details or call 01 4578321

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