Sharing the Question of Plastic Recycling

Overview

For over 50 years, global production and consumption of plastics have continued to rise. An estimated 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4% increase over 2012, and confirming and upward trend over the past years. (Source: Worldwatch Institute – January 2015)

Greenpeace say that “right now an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic, everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in our oceans each year. That’s a truck load of rubbish a minute”

Ocean Waste - Recycle IT
Ocean Waste – Recycle IT

Most plastics used daily have a very low economic reuse value. Think about bread wrapping or banana bags. Another fact is plastics wrappers can contain numerous materials which are hard to separated. Examples include sweet wrappers, take-away food containers, coffee cups, coffee capsules and plastic/foil-lined cartons for soup and milk. Are investments in recycling solutions for these materials profitable? If not, how can this change to benefit the world?

What we do today?

Since the 1980s China has become the world’s largest importer of waste. In 2012, up to 56% of global exported plastic waste ended up in China. Imported plastic waste alone reached a peak of almost 9 million tonnes in 2012 (Source: Greenpeace)

China offered advanced notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its plan to ban the importation of 24 types of waste, including plastics for recycling, waste textile materials and all unsorted mixed waste paper, the sort of paper that accumulates in household bins. It also says cardboard for recycling must be “cleaner” and free of contaminants such as gravel, dust and stones.

According to Industry Week, the biggest quantity of waste comes from the US followed by Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and Southeast Asia all of whom export large amounts of recyclables.

Map of China - Recycle IT
Map of China – Recycle IT

Change now!

On January 11th, 2018 China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) finalized a quality standard of 0.5% for certain imported recyclables. (Source; recycling today)

According to various government and trade organisations located across the globe this action fails to properly consider the negative effects on global recycling efforts, but in our view, we must recognize this change as an opportunity for governments and communities to take responsibility and well as action locally for waste and its possible reuse.

A recent report in the Irish Times suggests Ireland, which has little capacity to recycle plastic has been trying to locate newer recycling markets, but could we do more at home to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Greenpeace urges industries and corporations that manufacture and market plastics and other disposable products to take responsibility for their products through their entire life-cycle, take responsibility for the environmental costs and invest in transformative solutions and alternatives to put an end to the current unmanageable levels of waste produced every year.

Plastic - Recycle IT
Plastic – Recycle IT

What we say

Recycle IT don’t directly offer a plastic recycling service but like lots of organisations and homes we do accumulate plastic as part of our operations. We would love to see better plastic recycling routes and well as a reduction in overall packaging.

In our opinion, all stakeholders need to come together for the common good and find a range of solutions which meet the needs of different countries, markets and communities. Researching local needs, planning and infrastructure can help all stakeholders handle the plastic waste stream, hopefully with positive outcomes for the environment which we all share.

Recent Progress

The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, was adopted on January 16th 2018. It is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. It aims to protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a plastics challenge into a positive for the Future of Europe.

Under the new plans, all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030, the consumption of single-use plastics will be reduced and the intentional use of microplastics will be restricted.

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.

Call us on 01 4578321 or email us at here

Visit our website www.recycleit.ie

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Electrical Recycling in Work Initiative 2018

Recycling your old Electrical Equipment in Work 

Electrical and electronic equipment such as computers, TVs, fridges, tablets and mobile phones is one the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, with some 9 million tonnes generated in 2005, and expected to grow to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020. (Source: The European Commission)

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General Household Electrical Items for Recycling – Recycle IT

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) combines a mixture of materials, components and hazardous content. If not properly managed this mixture can cause major environmental and health concerns. It also worth noting the production of new electronics requires the use of scarce and expensive resources (e.g. around 10% of total gold worldwide is used for their production).

Collection, treatment and recycling of electronics at the end of their life is therefore essential. This process helps improve the management of old electrical and electronic equipment and to contributes positively to a circular economy and enhance resource efficiency. It also helps maintain and create jobs in our local economy.

New Year 2018 – WEEE to Work Initiative

In order to help with recycling old electrical appliances, Recycle IT are offering organisations of all shapes and sizes based in South Dublin to opportunity to host a WEEE to Work event which will allow staff to recycle all old electrical and electronic equipment on a pre-agreed date during January 2018. All you need to do is call our office from Monday, January 8th to book your collection.

You can recycle any dual purpose home or small office items with a plug or battery free, including batteries through a free collection or drop off all supported by Recycle IT. Please find a full list here

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WEEE To Work with Recycle IT in 2018

This is part of our work in the community and we are happy to offer this service during January 2018. As part of this initiative, South Dublin Country Council have agreed to have a WEEE recycling receptacle available in their offices in Tallaght to allow staff recycle.  Your company can follow their lead!

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.

Call us on 01 4578321 or email us at here

Visit our website www.recycleit.ie

Recycling Christmas Lights & Trees in Dublin 2018

Recycling Christmas Trees  

As the festive season comes to an end after New Years, Recycle IT  are encouraging you to Recycle and Reuse your Christmas Tree and whatever you do don’t throw your tree in a bin or leave it for your bin service to collect!  You can easily recycled for reuse locally with many local authorities providing drop off points across each county.

Christmas Tree Recycling 2017
Christmas Tree Recycling 2017

We acknowledge local areas are offering different services, but after reading this post you should be able find a Christmas tree recycling centre close to your home in Dublin!

It also worth noting if you have old or damaged Christmas Lights Recycle IT will accept them. All lights, old or damaged, large or small, internal or external can be dropped off free of charge from January 2nd 2018 – Learn more here

Some Interesting Facts 

Before you click the links below you might as well learn some facts on what can be done with your trees after the holiday. Kids love this stuff!

  • Real Christmas trees are often chipped into mulch at local recycling centre
  • Mulch is reused in for animal bedding or wooded areas or local parks.
  • Remember it takes time to grow a tree, with a tree  6 to 7 feet taking on average 7 year to grow.
  • Recycled real Christmas trees have been used to make sand and soil erosion barriers and been placed in ponds for fish shelter.
  • Growing Christmas trees provides a habitat for wildlife.
  • Christmas trees can remove dust and pollen from the air.
  • Christmas trees have been used to rebuild housing structures for natural wildlife that has been destroyed through development.
  • Artificial trees will last on average for six years in your home, but for centuries in a landfill.
  • An acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
  • You should not burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace; it can contribute to creosote buildup.
  • Recycle IT recycle the old electrical decorations with tons of  old lights, cables, plugs and batteries arriving each year – keep them coming!

List of Christmas Tree Recycling Centres 

All the County Council areas in Dublin make arrangements for  Christmas Tree recycling services starting early January 2017 and running right up to the middle of January 2017 .

This service is free and is usually for domestic household trees only.  Usually one tree per household / vehicle will be accepted.  Signage will be placed at the various locations indicating that it is an official recycling point. For a list of locations near you please see below

Recycle The Tree 2017
Recycle The Tree 2017

Christmas Tree Recycling Centres Dublin 

  1. South Dublin City Council has made tree recycling arrangements this year at 21 locations in South Dublin. Click here for more details 
  2. Dublin City Council has made similar tree recycling arrangements over the years at these locations in Dublin City 
  3. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will have Christmas Tree recycling available to residents at the locations listed here
  4. Fingal County Council will offer a Christmas Tree recycling service at the locations listed here

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 drop off and collection services to thousands of homes, communities, 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 South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

Visit our website for further details about recycling old electrical items or call 01 4578321 to book a collection in the New Year!

Happy New Year from all the Recycle IT team

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.

Chambers Ireland
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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WEEE Ireland are Record Breakers

WEEE Ireland

Recycle IT are delight to share some recent news! WEEE Ireland had a great year in 2016 with some 34,482 tonnes of waste electrical equipment recycled. Some of the most interesring facts in the WEEE Ireland’s 2016 Annual Report are revealed below

WEEE Ireland Data
  • There has been a increase of 12% in the recycling rates in just one year.
  • Irish consumers recycled 34,482 tonnes of waste electrical equipment in 2016 with WEEE Ireland – the equivalent of approximately 15 million household appliances or
  • Irish consumers recycled almost 10kg of waste electrical and electrical equipment per person.
  • 49% of this waste was large household appliances; 15% fridge / freezers and 12% was television sets.
  • 24% was IT equipment, monitors, lamps, luminaries, consumer equipment and electrical tools
  • 15 million units of WEEE were diverted from landfill; 11.5 million units of which were mixed small appliances
  • 812 tonnes of waste portable batteries were collected by WEEE Ireland for recycling, equaling approximately 32,000,000 waste batteries
  • Ireland reached and surpassed its EU battery recycling target of 45% by the end of 2016
  • 80% of the raw materials recovered from large household appliances are reused and recycled.

Annual Report

These achievements were outlined by WEEE Ireland, on June 22nd 2017 when the team presented its annual report.  The report shows that WEEE Ireland has gone above and beyond the targets set out by the EU which will soon increase to 65% takeback of all WEEE placed on the market. This new target represents a high priority for WEEE Ireland that must be achieved by 2019 in order to maintain Ireland’s exemplary status in WEEE recycling.

WEEE Ireland Data

The report revealed that Irish people love to work hard and play hard (responsibly) with takeback of both electrical tools and electrical toys growing by 140% and 122% respectively. Refrigeration appliances were another high performing category, with Irish consumers leaving 103,000 fridge freezers in the safe and capable hands of WEEE Ireland. Large household appliances remain a consistently high performing category, representing 49% of all WEEE collected in 2016

These impressive takeback rates mean WEEE Ireland was able to donate €50,000 to their long-standing charity partner, LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, with whom they recently announced a further 5 year commitment to until 2022. This brings the total amount of charitable donations made to LauraLynn since the beginning of the partnership in 2011 to €285,000.

About WEEE Ireland

WEEE Ireland coordinates collections of electronic waste via three core channels; Retailers, Civic Amenity Sites and Collection Events. 54% of the tonnage of electrical waste collected by WEEE Ireland in 2016 came via its strong network of retailers, 30% from Civic Amenity Sites and 16% of WEEEE collected was from WEEE Ireland collection events. Batteries can be recycled in the familiar Blue Battery boxes, located in many Retailers across Ireland. For a full list of these, visit the WEEEE Ireland website.

WEEE Ireland works on behalf of its member producers to help them meet and comply with the legal obligations imposed by the WEEE Directive 2006/66/EC. Apple Distribution, Dell, Panasonic, Philips, Whirlpool, Glen Dimplex and IBM Ireland are just some of these 912 members who collectively placed 56,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment on the Irish market last 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.

 

15 Metal Recycling Facts

WOW! Community Metal Recycling

Metal is just one of many materials we use daily in our lives and its really worth recycling when it has served its purpose. The type of objects that can be recycled  include aluminum and steel cans, electrical appliances, silverware, office desks and chairs, old household pots and pans, school lockers. safety boots or zippers, the list is endless.

We recently learned that recycling one aluminum can, saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours and if that’s not enough, the amount of  aluminum thrown away annually in the U.S. would rebuild their commercial air fleet four times per year. These are interesting facts which we hope will encourage you to think about metal as a scare resource and not just scrap. Without metal to manufacture, our daily trips to school by car or bus or our annual holidays by train, ferry or plane might not be as easy or affordable.

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Electrical and Metal Recycling

With that in mind we have complied 15  facts about recycling metal which you might find interesting.

  1. Metal recycling is good for the national economy and the environment e.g. increased local employment and reduced emissions.
  2. Recycling one tonne of steel saves 1,136 kg of iron ore, 454 kg of coal and 18 kg of limestone
  3. You can test which metal is in your bin is by using a magnet. Aluminium metal is non-magnetic whereas steel is magnetic. (Great learning for kids)
  4. Drinks cans are generally made from aluminium while food cans are usually made from steel.
  5. Metal recycling helps recreated new product once the original items has reached the end of its useful life.
  6. Recycling scrap metals including iron and aluminum can be benefit local construction project such as roads and bridges.
  7. Scrap metals are refashioned for use in creating bikes, cars, aircraft and other modes of transportation.
  8. Scrap metals aids in storage and transportation of goods across the world with many shipping containers created from recycled metal.
  9. Reusing scrap metal has supported many industries to reduce their environment impact e.g. reduced mining of natural and scare resources.
  10. Recycled aluminum can be melted at a much lower temperature than new aluminum therefore saving on energy.
  11. Scrap metal recycling helps reduce Co2 emissions created through mining, transport and smelting.
  12. Recycled, reused or re-purposed metals can be used to make beautiful and durable home furnishing and decorations. Think about the festive season!
  13. Recycling scrap metal reduces the need for landfills sites and leads to a positive effect on water supply, soil and land usage.
  14. Aluminium is made from an mined ore called Bauxite, which is converted into alumina, a fine white powder. This powder is then smelted at over 700°C, to become aluminium. The process is expensive and uses lots of resources including energy and fuel.
  15. The aluminium used in packaging is much more difficult to collect, since it is very light. It is discarded in every home, school, office, pub and restaurant without a thought so remember light metal e.g. kitchen foil.
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Recycled Metal Washing Machine Drum – Recycle IT

Finally, did you know manufacturing recycled metal items requires an estimated 17 times less energy than manufacturing the same items from newly mined metal. Keep this in mind when replacing  washing machines, cookers, ovens or hobs. They all contain metal which can be recycled. Recycle IT breakdown and recycle large household appliances daily. These include washing machines, dash washers and tumble dryers . Click here to view our gallery.

To learn more about recycling your once loved items give Recycle IT a call on 01 4578321, email us or visit our website

Click here to learn more about recycling metal metal with Recycle IT.

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