A Common Question – What is WEEE?

Where we are! 

Today adults and children at home, in school or at work find themselves using a range of consumer items which contain electrical or electronic components. Think about the school whiteboard, the office safe, speakers, networking equipment, radios, TV’s, power tools, camera’s, fire alarms, printers, scanners and lots more.

2018 TV

Answering the question!

WEEE is waste electrical and electronic equipment. It is usually end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment and covers virtually everything which once had or currently has a plug or battery. It can be classed as either domestic or commercial WEEE.

Working with WEEE

Any appliance or equipment that operates on electricity or batteries has the potential to cause damage to our environment if it is not disposed of in a safe and responsible manner.

The average product life-cycle of electronic goods is becoming shorter and the amount of outdated, damaged or broken equipment that is being thrown away is increasing all the time. Dealing with the waste which households and organisations produces is a specialist role and one which if carried out well can improve our environment.

Everyday electrical and electronic waste items include:

  • Large household appliances (refrigerators/freezers, washing machines, dishwashers)
  • Small household appliances (toasters, coffee makers, irons, hair dryers)
  • Information technology (IT) and telecommunications equipment (personal computers, telephones, mobile phones, laptops, printers, scanners, photocopiers)
  • Consumer electronics (televisions, stereo equipment, electric toothbrushes, transistor radios)
  • Lighting equipment (fluorescent lamps and LED bulbs)
  • Electrical and electronic tools (handheld drills, saws, screwdrivers)
  • Toys (PlayStation, Xbox, Wii)
  • Medical equipment systems (excluding implanted and infected products)
  • Monitoring and control instruments (security and alarm equipment)
  • Automatic dispensers.
  • Cables and wire.

Recycle IT have complied a comprehensive list of electrical equipment which you can recycle. The list can be viewed or downloaded in PDF format by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the webpage

Personal Computer (PC) Recycle IT
Personal Computer (PC) Recycle IT

What to do?

As consumers of WEEE we are all required to ensure electrical or electronic items are only disposed for recycling at an authorised waste facility (permitted by the Local Authority or Licensed by the EPA). These can include your Dublin based Authority Civic Amenity Facilities or a local retailer on behalf of a compliance scheme (for example WEEE Ireland) Recycle IT also have a recycling facility in Dublin and offer a free drop off service for old (home and small office equipment) electrical equipment.

You may also have your WEEE collected by a permitted waste collector. Recycle IT have a collector permitted to transport WEEE and can help homes and organisations in Dublin and the surrounding areas with collections.

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 140,000 homes and organisations in Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of dishwashers, computers, cables, monitors, microwaves, TV’s and metal items.

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 Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

To speak with Recycle IT please call 01 4578321 or email us at here

Visit our website www.recycleit.ie

Pakman Award - Recycle IT
Recycle IT – Award Winners
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Offices – 27 Tips to Reduce Waste and Save!

Green Office – Home Office – Any Office

Office waste mainly consists of electrical, electronic, cardboard, paper, packaging  and food waste, all of which can be reused, recycled or composted.

Mixed waste may also turn up in your office. Items like glass or plastic bottles, plastic cups, coffee cups and sandwiches wrappers. These items can all be segregated and recycled in the office or you could encourage staff to use reusable coffee cups or tupperware.

Office Waste Tips - Recycle IT
Office Waste Tips – Recycle IT

The benefits of introducing a reduce, reuse and recycling programme in your office include.

  • Big savings over time on waste disposal costs.
  • Boost to staff moral by having a focus on reduce, reuse and recycling.
  • Demonstrates the organisations commitment to the environment.
  • Enhanced public perception of your organisation as a green organisation.
  • Promotes a green agenda to others with whom you trade.

Below you will find some tips that can be easily implemented and integrated into the day-to-day running of the office and office building. They may result in reduced office supplies usage, time ordering and money spent.

Reduce Office Supplies – Do you need them?

27 Tip on How to Reduce Office Waste

  1. Reduce the amount of paper accumulated in the office.
  2. Only print the amount needed and limit the distribution of copies to those that really use them.
  3. Use e-mail or instant messages to save on paper, time and money.
  4. Data and reports can be stored or presented from memory sticks or the cloud, to save paper
  5. Single spacing can be used as a format when printing reports.
  6. Photocopy and print double-sided.
  7. Before printing multiple copies, print a single copy. Check this one copy.
  8. Research purchasing printers which print double-sided copies only.
  9. Draft documents can be reviewed on-screen before printing.
  10. print drafts on old or used paper
  11. Scrap paper can be used to make note pads to take phone messages.
  12. Printing and photocopying should be carried out only when it is necessary.
  13. Have a centralised office filing system. This reduces the need for multiple files, save time and money.
  14. Enable the reuse of paper envelopes by putting a label on top of the old address.
  15. If paper is used try lighter weight papers for everyday internal task.
  16. Electrical and electronic office equipment including computers should only be purchased as needed. This is to cut down on excess equipment sitting in the store, going out of date.
  17. Regularly service office equipment, particularly computers, photocopiers and printers, to prolong their lifespan.
  18. When equipment reaches its end of life use a registered and licensed electrical and electronic recycler to ensure equipment is safely made ready for reuse and recycling.
  19. Employees should regularly empty out their desk and return any unwanted office supplies to the stationery cupboard.
  20. Free or online newspaper subscription can reduce the amount of paper to be recycled.
  21. Cancel any unwanted magazine or newspaper subscriptions to avoid unwanted waste accumulating.
  22. Office announcements can be posted online, sent via email or posted once in a centralised monitor or TV screen.
  23. Consider renting office equipment that you use only occasionally rather than having to store it in the workplace.
  24. Encourage colleagues to bring lunch to work in reusable containers.
  25. Encourage management have reusable silverware, plates and cups and a small coffee station in the office.
  26. Research and action purchasing products with less packaging or with no packaging at all.
  27. All employees should be encouraged to move to a paperless office – Develop a short and simple plan!
Dublin Office Waste
Dublin Office Waste

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Last year Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to over 100,000 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.

Recycle IT Logo
Recycle IT Logo

 

Environmental Health Friendly Cycling and Bike Recycling

The bike is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health. With this in mind the United Nations General Assembly decided to deadicate the 3rd of June as World Bicycle Day – What a great vision Added to World Environment Day on June 5th and were on a real winner!

These days encourage awareness and action on health, wellbeing and the protection of our environment. World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. Recycle IT believe these two “UN” days can work in harmony!

Park Cycling
Family Park Cycling

World Bicycle Day aims to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace. All these aims can really be achieved using a bike while aslo helping us travel without creating carbon miles.

Celebrate the bicycle

Initiatives promote cycling at both national and local levels can help build physical and mental health and well-being and develop a sustainalbe and environmentally freindly culture of cycling in society.

Dublin Bikes
Reuse Dublin Bikes

National Bike Week

Bike Week in Ireland is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held in June of each year bike themed events are organised by Irish local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland  You can learn more about and maybe take part next year by visiting bikeweek.ie

Here are 8 reasons to celebrate the bike (some encouragement)

  1. The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable and clean way to get about.
  2. The bike is environmentally friendly and is a sustainable means of transportation;
  3. The bicycle can serve as a tool for social, community and economic development
  4. Cycling can help people access education, health care and sporting activities.
  5. The union between the bicycle and the user creates and immediate awareness of the local environment you are cycling through.
  6. Using a bike saves time, reduces traffic and helps you arrive on time.
  7. The bike has a positive impact on climate with fewer carbon emissions.
  8. Biking can help grow your social circles, real friends and enjoyment of life.

Encourage Cycling and Environmental Awareness.

Recycle IT want to encourage as many people as possible to read and share this blog post. Then throughout the symmer weeks months take the bike out and bring friends and family along to discover you local environment.

As the summer sun shines there is no better time to get on the bike and grow your awareness of the local area. This can happen in the full knowledge that you are improving your health and reducing environmental harm.

Cycling in Dublin City
Cycling in Dublin City

Recycle IT and Bike Recycling

Recycle IT are happy to accept old bikes for free recycling. Just drop your old bike off with us Monday to Friday in Clondalkin. We also accept bikes from communities all over Dublin as part of our free door to door community collection service.

Reuse

Members of the Recycle IT team not only recycle bikes but cycle regularly. Where possible we reuse and recycle bikes and bike parts.  At the time of writing this post we have a staff member waiting to get a bike frame and parts for reuse and another who just rebuild a bike from recycled parts. Once on the road the these bikes will enable easy, affordable and environmentally friendly travel into work. Recycle IT also work with a preloved bike seller based in the area to share bike frames and parts so bikes can be rebuilt and sold at affordable prices.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT, are a social enterprise offering electrical, electronic and metal recycling. 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.

For further details about our services call us on 01 4578321, email info@recycleit.ie or visit the Recycle IT website at www.recycleit.ie