TV and Monitor Recycling

Monitors and Visual Display Units

Display technology is commonly associated with screens that present information in visual form. Most displays are used in television sets (TVs), computer monitors and mobile phones/smartphones.

In 2018, an estimated number of 1.67 billion households owned a television set worldwide. Other types of displays used daily include: military displays, head-mounted displays, broadcast reference displays, public area displays and medical monitors.(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 having a screen of some sort at home (Irish Stats Source: CSO)

Monitors for Recycling

The Facts 

Flat Panel Display shipments are only expected to amount to 3.2 billion units worldwide in 2020. This is due to the pandemic (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.

Monitors for Recycling

What’s 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 have determined the dimensions of computer monitors.

In recent times CRT technology has been replaced by LCD and TFT screens but some people and companies are still using older CRT monitors.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.

TV Recycling

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 them 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.

CRT Computer Monitors
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 and disposal. We will accept your old electrical items alongside your old TVs 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.

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

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WEEE Ireland News

WEEE Ireland Release March 28, 2021

Older generation leave young peers on scrap-heap over recycling

A WEEE Ireland Study says young men and women are the worst at recycling small electrical items and hoard the most old batteries, a new survey shows.

The study reveals that despite being viewed as an eco-conscious generation, the country’s over-55s are streets ahead of 18 to 24-year-olds.

Mixed Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Related data from the organisation shows that electrical sales here grew by 17% in 2020 – but takeback of e-waste through retailers is down 10% in the first two months of this year, making a national take back target of 65% of sales a major challenge.

“The findings on younger people falling behind other age groups on recycling end-of-life electrical goods comes as a surprise,” said CEO of WEEE Ireland, Leo Donovan.

“Environmental activists such as Greta Thunberg strike a chord with the younger generation but this latest research show the e-waste message is still not getting through to many in this cohort.

“We know that younger people are avid consumers of digital devices and early adopters of new technologies, but we are asking them to be more sustainable in how they manage waste electronics and batteries too.”

Mixed Batteries

The online survey of 1,000 adults, conducted by Empathy Research, showed that nearly a third (30%) of 18-24-year-olds discarded their broken devices or other small electrical items in general waste bins, where they end up in landfill never to be recycled. 18% brought them to a recycling centre and 13% held onto them.

But the brightest sparks were the over 55s, nearly half of whom (45%) brought the end-of-life electrical goods to recycling centre and just 7% – over four times lower than their younger counterparts – dumped them in general waste.

And the young offenders of recycling also get a dressing down for holding onto waste batteries – 15%, mostly men, keep them, versus 0% of those aged over 55.

On a positive note, young people’s awareness that electrical goods can be recycled for free,
has soared, from a low of 56% in 2019 to 82% this year.

Data across all age groups shows the recycling solution of choice across Ireland is at local civic amenity recycling centres (38%), followed by 20% who hand their goods back to the retailer and 14% to an authorised e-waste collection event.

Mixed Small Electrical Appliances and Toys

However, 15% of the population still put kettles, toasters, lamps and other household items in general waste – the highest in the four years analysed.

“This means the valuable materials used in their production end up in landfill or incineration and can never be recovered for use again in the future,” said Mr Donovan.

Asked for a reason why they didn’t recycle used small appliances nearly a fifth,(19%) said they acted as a back-up in case their main one broke, with a similar number claiming they haven’t got around to recycling them as yet (18%).

In addition, 18-24 year-olds are significantly more likely to claim that the items which could be recycled are worth money so they are not going to recycle them yet – 46% versus 4% of over 55s.

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 offered drop-off and collection services to homes, charities, schools and business organizations of all types. Our recycling teams operate across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of dishwashers, computers, cables, monitors, microwaves, screens, and metal items.

Household – WEEE Recycling Collection

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

32 Reduce, Reuse Repurpose and Recycling Tips

Go Green for Life

Recycling is an easy way to protect our environment and climate while ensures the wellbeing of our community for the next generation. However, the success of recycling depends on the active participation of every member of the community including kids of all ages.

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Recycle IT – Eco Friendly Electrical Recycling.

By everyone doing a little, we all can reduce the amount of waste that is deposited in the landfill or incinerated. Thinking about the reuse of materials made from recycled materials helps maintain the recycling circle and its part in the circular  economy.

We have listed 32 recycling tips – You might adapt some!
  1. Use both sides of the page when writing or drawing
  2. Give your kids or local schools part used printed paper for drawing
  3. Bring your food to school or work using a reusable tubs
  4. Rent or hire school books and supplies (reuse)
  5. Hire gardening tools that you only use occasionally
  6. Make a bird feeder by reusing a medium size plastic bottle 
  7. Opt for low-energy light bulbs
  8. Give your unwanted clothes a second life
  9. Reuse and repair as much as possible – shoes, clothes etc.
  10. Offer seasonal kids costumes to clothes to others as your kids grow!  
  11. Choose to buy bars of soap
  12. Choose long life or durable products e.g. reusable razors or ink pens
  13. Use rechargeable batteries in home appliances
  14. Avoid unnecessary purchasing of occasion products, e.g. Christmas, Easter
  15. Offer gifts, such as tickets for a show, sports event or concert leading to reduce material content
  16. Choose eco-friendly products – read the labels
  17. Buys product with less packaging
  18. Buy regularly use products in bulk, e.g. canned and jarred products.
  19. Reuse shopping bags
  20. Use refillable products e.g. coffee, loss tea
  21. Drink tap water
  22. Prepared food at home for picnics while reusing flasks, tubs, knives, forks, and reusable carry bags
  23. Choose fresh food rather than processed food, healthier and less packaging
  24. Bake cakes and muffins instead of buying! 
  25. Limited home and office printing, share files over email or file sharing tools e.g. Dropbox
  26. Recycle ink cartridges – where you purchased your ink! 
  27. Bring a mug and glass to work to refill coffee, tea or water during the working day
  28. Approach office supply companies about purchasing used office equipment
  29. Cycle to work or college rather than taking the bus or car
  30. Car share where distances are longer and where public transport is not accessible.
  31. Take your uneaten food home from restaurants in a doggy bag.
  32. Composite garden cuttings to create a natural fertilizer

The 4 Rs

In Ireland and across Europe, the focus on the 3 R’s has increased over recent years As recovery of resources through, reduce, reuse, repurposing and recycling has increased it has become increasingly important for consumers to take ownership and steps themselves to ensure products purchases can be reused, repurposed or recycled using accessible and economically sustainable solutions.

Recycle IT Sample Garden Planter
Reused Tumble Dryer Drum

Recycle IT – What we are doing?

As we recover from COVID 19 and vaccines are offered Recycle IT hope to again offer community WEEE recycling services directly to people’s homes. Prior to the pandemic we delivered over 2000 leaflet a week promoting our free community collection service and would plan to do so again!

A few days later our teams would visit the area and provide a curbside collection. We encourage people to take advantage of this free and accessible collection service once available. We do offer offer and safely managed services to business, community groups and schools and colleges so rest assured we have a service to match your needs.

By recycling your waste electrical and electronic equipment you help the environment and our organisation create training and employment opportunities which otherwise would not exist .

If you have questions or would like to arrange a personal collection from your home or business, please call 01 4578321 or email: info@recycleit.ie.  You can also visit our website to learn more about our work and our recent awards.

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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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