Recycling Office and Home Computers Safely

Recycle IT Safely – Computers, Phone, Tablet & Hard Disks!

According to preliminary sales figures from Gartner and IDC, PC sales fell throughout 2016. Its seems that infrequent users like you and me are more likely to reach for a smart phone to access applications that ten years ago would have needed a PC.  As a result of this trend, the market is declining and is set to decline again in 2017. The graph below shows PC sales figures from 2006 to 2015 and the ongoing reduction in sales over more recent years.

PC Shipping Data
PC Shipping Data

It’s also worth noting that PC enthusiasts, gamers and the business sector will continue to purchase PC in large volumes and globally, PC sales in 2016 stood at approx. 269.7 million unit shipped which is still a large number.

Data and Information 

Even with PC sales slowing we are all still large consumers of information and we are buying lots of electronic equipment with hard disk drives (HDD) to store business and personal customer information including photos of everything from our kids to bank statements and passwords (so we can have a reminder).

Whether this information is stored on external HDD, mobile phones, tablets, memory cards, memory keys or other storage devices people should be aware how important it is to destroy and recycle safely once the items have served their purpose. Both business and personal data can be valuable to others so it’s important to destroy the data on your PC, phone, memory card or tablet.

Hard Disk Drives - Recycle IT
Hard Disk Drives – Recycle IT

You might be thinking, what will I do with all that information on the HDD before recycling a PC?  If so, please don’t try to  burn  or use industrial-strength magnetic forces on the devices as these methods are not full proof or safe!

What to Do next?

The key is to destroying your computer HDD is ensuring it can’t ever spin again. The physical destruction of the drive means increased confidence that stored data is obliterated and can never be used again. This is the method Recycle IT prescribe and practice.

In the interest of time and money you don’t need to destroy the full PC or laptop just the hard drive which is a small box inside of computer itself and usually contains sensitive information including credit card information, photos or contact details. So if you are upgrading to a new computer device (desktop computer, phone, laptop, tablet, etc.) please arrange for removal of the hard drive at the same time as recycling the computer!

How to Destroy the HDD?

If you are looking to dispose of an old computer with a hard drive, it’s really best to physically destroy the old hard drive just to be 100% certain that the old data is completely destroyed.  Recycle IT use electronic tools and powerful cutting tools to ensure the HDD is destroyed. This method is an ideal option for disposal of home or office hard drives.

Drilling or Cutting Hard Disk Drives - Recycle IT
Drilling or Cutting Hard Disk Drives – Recycle IT

Safety in Destruction

Our team take every precaution from wearing protective goggles, gloves, and a dust mask for mouth and nose when cutting into the metal drive. They can cut right through the drive, from one side to the other multiple times ensuring the platters and the controller board are shattered.  Once complete Recycle IT can provide destruction and disposal certification depending on your needs.

Finally

It’s worth making the point again – failure to arrange destruction of your old hard drives at the time of recycling your computer or phone could result in the inappropriate sharing of sensitive information.

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, printers and networking equipment. This helps sustain jobs and create training opportunites for people returning to works.

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 - Pakman Award Winner 2016
Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winner 2016

If  you need more information you can call Recycle IT a call on 01 4578321 or email info@recycleit.ie

To learn more about recycling old batteries from you office safely please click UPS battery systems

Green Tips for 2017… Start as you mean to go!

Environmentally-Friendly Lifestyle

Making a move towards an environmentally-friendly life for you and your family can help improve your health and wellbeing while also offering positive benefits to your local environment. Moving away from chemical usage, unhealthy foods, over consumption, wasteful heating and other bad habits or routines can help make your life healthier and happier – sometimes it’s the feeling of change which makes the difference and just knowing you are doing the right thing can bring others with you.

Reused Planters By Recycle IT
Reused Planters – Recycled by Recycle IT

The following 11 tips are all achievable for you and your family and can help achieve a greener cleaner year ahead.

  1. Plant a Tree. Tress are like the lungs of planet earth. They breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, they provide habitat for birds and other wildlife and they can absorb sound and reduce noise pollution. Magic or what!
  1. Use Bins Better: Place three bins in the kitchen: one for recyclables; one for compostable vegetable waste and one for general waste. Agree  a storage space in your back garden or kitchen for your bins. Local hardware stores sell a range of bins or maybe reuse old containers. Once you have defined the space install the bins and you and your family can start making a difference.
  1. Start Composting – Build a compost pile in your garden for kitchen vegetable waste and garden waste. After a few months, the compost should become dark and crumbly and you can then start using it as top-soil or fertilizer to make your garden greener than ever.
  1. Reduce Packaging – Buy products with less packaging and use re-usable plates, cups and bags. Buy vegetables loose. Put leftovers into reusable tupperware type containers with lids instead of using aluminium foil or plastic clingfilm.
  1. Recycling Centre or Bring Bank – Locate the nearest recycling centre to you and research the wide variety of materials they accept including cardboard, paper, plastic, glass and much more. Remember don’t litter at recycling centres or bottle banks. Take home or recycle any boxes or containers you used.
  1. Gifts – Consider buying tickets and vouchers as gifts for weddings, birthdays or anniversaries. Try re-using paper, fabric or ribbon to wrap presents. It makes gifting individual. quirky and personal.
  1. Parties – Have fun and afterwards recycle glass bottles and aluminium cans in separate bags or bins. Remember plastic bottles (PET and HDPE bottles) can be recycled at most recycling centres. Hint – Look for 3 chasing arrows with either a number 1 or number 2 inside – this means these can and bottle can be recycled in Ireland. Enjoy the party!
  1. Clean – Wash out all beverage containers including milk and juice cartons. Rinse out bottles and cans, remove lids and flatten plastic containers to save space.
  1. Batteries – Save up all the used batteries for recycling, then bring them to school, your local supermarket or Recycle IT. Change to rechargeable batteries for battery operated toys and gadgets. It saves the environment and your money!
  1. Gadgets – People are always updating phones and its estimated that over a million old mobile phones plus many other gadgets are unused in Ireland. Most recycling centre accept old mobile phones and electronic gadget as will Recycle IT. You can also try selling or donating your unwanted gadgets. This promotes reuse. Reuse is good!
  1. Coffee and Water – Bottled water and coffee cups create mountains of waste daily. They are inefficient, expensive, and harmful to our world. Instead, try using refillable coffee cups and water bottles; Bring a coffee cup to work for reuse or try a water filter to cleanse the tap water followed by a quick chill in the fridge.
Mountains of Coffee Cups
Mountains of Coffee Cups

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.

Recycle IT - Pakman Award Winner 2016
Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winner 2016

 

Dublin Recycling Centres

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Recycling in Dublin

There has been approx 75 million waste electrical items collected since 2005, that’s over 70 electrical items per household in Ireland but 1 in 4 Irish people are still hoarding or putting  electrical waste in the trash at home. (Source: WEEE Ireland).  This article is all about encouraging you to recycle electrical items using local services. With that in mind we have complied a list (all on one page) of WEEE recycling centres and services in Dublin.

Recycling Services

Recycle IT support householders, charities, community groups, schools and business with electrical and electronic recycling services in Dublin and the surrounding ares. Services offers are complementary to those offered by the Local Authories across Dublin.

Recycle IT - Electrical Toys and Fridges for Recycling
Recycle IT – Electrical Toys and Fridges for Recycling

Services include a free drop off for domestic or dual purpose electrical or electronic equipment with collection services available on request. Collection services are offered free to groups previously listed with a cost-effective solution offered to business recyclers and or those with an immediate need.

Householders in Dublin City and surrounding areas can also bring their unwanted electrical items (WEEE) to a number of recycling centres promoted or operated by their Local Authority. At these centre people can dispose of items such as toasters, cookers, kettles, or lamps, really any domestic appliance.

Alternatively householders can take back WEEE to retailers free of charge. The take back system usually operators on a one-for-one basis, i.e. you can exchange an old toaster for a new one  but it’s usually not possible to return a fridge freezer while purchasing a new hairdryer. A number of large retailers actively promote this scheme so keep an eye out.

Recycle IT - WEEE Collection Service
Recycle IT – WEEE Collection Service

Recycling Centres in Dublin

There are  recycling centres located across Dublin which will take back household WEEE and lots of other waste items.

Waste by Image
Waste by Image

The main centres are listed below:

Trade waste is usually not accepted at Household Waste Recycling Centres. Recycle IT will support small and medium size businesses to recycle dual purpose electrical and electronic waste.  It’s always a good idea to call the centres in advance of a recycling visit. The call can ensure to don’t make a wasted trip.

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.

Recycle IT - Pakman Award Winner 2016
Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winner 2016

Visit our website for further details.

 

Business Recycling Collections – WEEE

Business Recycling – Collection Service

Some of the many questions facing Business Owners, IT, Operations and Facilities Managers include how to create additional space while safely removing and recycle surplus or redundant electrical and electronic equipment including computers, servers, cables racking and much more. The next question is, can we find a solution which is safe, timely, cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Electrical Recycling at Work
Electrical Recycling at Work – Collection by Recycle IT

The Answer is Recycle IT

Recycle IT, based in Dublin, is an award-winning electrical and electronic recycling company with over 15 years experience in offering collection and drop off services.  From our centrally located recycling centre just of the M50 we can offer a one stop recycling service for all computer and IT equipment as well as most other electrical and electronic products including kettles, cookers, washing machines and dishwashers.

Our experienced teams provides a friendly, professional and timely service across Dublin and the surrounding areas daily.  We collect directly from business premises and ensure safe recycling of your items. Many items collected are broken down into their component parts for processing into new raw materials. Our facility team can physically destroy hard disk drives upon request.

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Recycle IT – Collection of Business Electronics

Our collection teams are happy to accept any electrical items so do call or email with questions. We can also support FREE WEEE to Work Days for staff as part of a collection from your business.

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 2016 Recycle IT offered 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. Services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland, with support from South Dublin County Council. Recycle IT  are authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. .

Book a Collection:

To book a personal or business collections please call 01 4578321 or book online here

Visit our website for further details.

Recycle IT - Pakman Award Winner 2016
Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winner 2016

The Secret Life of Appliances

Amazing Figures for recycling in 2017

Its New Year 2017 but our story starts in 2005 when an estimated 33.2 million washer appliances were produced in the European Union (EU). 18 million of these were washing machines 9.7 million were dishwashers and 5.5 million were tumble dryers. (Source: Energy: Studies for Eco Design) This means on average 1 in 12 EU citizens purchased a washing appliance in 2005.

Recycle IT Washing Machine
Recycle IT – Washing Machine

If we look at this in a different way, it now just over a 11 year later (the average washing machine life) and a similar number of people should be recycling their old washing appliance in an ecofriendly way. This included 1.18 million families located all over Ireland. (CSO 2012). In 2013 Irish people recycled 19,463 metric tonnes of large household appliances include washing machines. On average the approx weight of washing machine is 75KG so that’s alot of recycled washing machines.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (all types)

WEEE is a complex mixture of materials and components and if not properly managed, can cause environmental and health problems. Moreover, the production of modern electronics requires the use of scarce and expensive resources

In 2013, the amount of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collected varied considerably across EU Member States, from 1.2 kg per inhabitant in Romania to 18.4 kg per inhabitant in Sweden. The considerable variation in the amounts collected reflects differences in Electrical and Electronic Equipment consumption/purchase levels as well as the different performance levels of the waste collection schemes in place.

A comparison of WEEE collection in 2007 and 2013 shows that separate collection has improved significantly in most of the countries. Decreasing amounts for WEEE collection were reported by only seven EU Member States including Ireland where the level of separate collection was already high so Ireland is still doing very well. (Source: eurostate)

Computers in 1.3 Million Households

It was reported in 2012 by the CSO that 83% of households in Ireland, which translates to approx. 1.37 million homes have a computer. Its also means in 2016/2017 these same households will have a computer to recycle as PC’s are usually replaced every 4 ½ years. The replacement rate was confirmed by survey, carried out by Crucial, which polled more than 1,000 PC owners aged 16-70 in the US, France and the UK.

Recycle IT - PC Recycling
Recycle IT – PC Recycling

PC’s, laptops, phones and tablets can contain toxic substances, and are effectively hazardous waste so recycling with a reputable organisation is important. Ireland has laws and directives governing recycling and lots of authorized recyclers but still computer waste finds its way to developing countries. This is alarming and means electronic goods are disposed off in some instances with no care or concern for the world’s environment.

Offering recycling to 100,000 homes and organisations.

Recycle IT is a social enterprise  offering recycling services to over 100,000 homes, as well as community organisations, charities and businesses across Dublin. We recycle Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) including washing machines, dishwashers, heaters, microwaves, ovens, computers, monitors, refrigerators, freezers, batteries, lights and much more.

List of Appliances
Recycle IT – List of Appliances

We are happy to help you recycle the items list above and any other electrical items you may have.

Stress free collections or drop off

The team at Recycle IT believe electrical recycling does not have to be hard or stressful and in fact it can be a real positive for the environment, for communities and for the economy.  Recycling reduces the use of natural resources, it creates employment and brings communities together through collection events or recycling days resulting in cleaner and happier places to live.

Recycle IT offer a range of safe, helpful and friendly electrical recycling services including free collection and drop off service. Businesses can avail of collections and free WEEE to Work days can be arranged.  If you have an immediate need Recycle IT can provide a cost effective personal and business collection service within a few days and we can assist with lifting and moving your appliances or IT equipment.

Recycle IT work in association with your local authority and are partners with WEEE Ireland in recycling any item with a plug or battery. Our work helps create and offer training and employment opportunities for people returning to work.

To learn more please visit  www.recycleit.ie.  You can telephone 01 4578321 or email info@recycleit.ie  Recycle IT is located at Unit 14/2 Crag Terrace, Clondalkin Industrial Estate, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

Recycle IT - Pakman Award Winner 2016
Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winner 2016

Read our blog post on Recycling Computers Safely

24 Christmas Tips – Waste Not – Want Not:

Care, Sharing, Reuse and Recycling

Christmas is a time for caring, sharing and giving with Irish families around the country embracing this tradition each year. It also traditional for Irish people to travel lots, shop lots and eat like lords and ladies over the festive season, more so than at any other time during the year.

Yet, at this time, it’s important to remember our environment and keeping it safe and clean so everyone can enjoy the natural beauty of crisp festive winter days.  We want to encourage fun, sharing, celebration, rest and relaxation  but with a message of reduce, reuse and recycle over the festive season.

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Recycle IT – Have an Environmentally Friendly Christmas

This year we have assembled 24 festive tips which will help you to reduce the environmental impact of Christmas and save a little money at the same time!

Have a read of our 24 tips which will take you to Christmas Day 2016

  1. Cut up your old Christmas cards and use as present labels.
  2. Bring bags and reuse them for Christmas shopping.
  3. Try using non-disposable items such as rechargeable batteries
  4. Buy recycled Christmas wrapping paper and Christmas cards.
  5. Try to reuse envelopes by sticking new labels over the address and send again.
  6. Make your own cards with the kids
  7. Send an electronic Christmas card to distance family instead of posting one.
  8. Buy gifts that don’t have much packaging like vouchers or tickets.
  9. How about trying a recyclable artificial Christmas tree – they last for years.
  10. When sourcing a real Christmas tree, make sure they can be shredded or composted after Christmas.
  11. Choose a present of antique art, silver or jewellery, promote
  12. Buy second hand items as presents e.g. bikes, electronic games, games table or a doll house.
  13. Source your Christmas fruit and vegetables loose not pre-packed. This helps reduces the amount of packaging.
  14. Take unused or surplus food to foodbanks before, during and after Christmas.
  15. When preparing your seasonal vegetables, peelings can be compost (and scrape the plates)
  16. Buy soft drinks in large bottles rather than small ones & recycle the glass or plastic.
  17. Recycle plastic and metal packaging including bottles and cans.
  18. Stuff your shoes with old wrapping paper to help keep their shape or dry them out.
  19. Don’t use paper plates, plastic cutlery or paper table clothes
  20. Order your food online, save time and the environment
  21. Buy high quality goods that will last.
  22. Reuse last year’s Christmas Jumper and Santa Hat for the office party. (no one will remember).
  23. Bake or make Christmas treats rather than buying e.g. jam, biscuits or chutney.
  24. Separate old items like WEEE from other waste when you get a minute over Christmas and recycle ealier in the New Year.

 Recycling isn’t just for Christmas. 

Should you receive a gift that just isn’t to your taste, try to re-gift’ it to someone you know will enjoy it.  Charities will also happily accept donations of unused items.  Many people will receive great Christmas presents which will replace old or damaged electronic gadgets. You can recycle the old items at either your local recycling centre or at the shop where your electrical present was purchased.

Recycle IT - Christmas Gifts
Recycle IT – Christmas Gifts

Finally, adopting a Kris Kringle-style approach with family and friends will allow you to focus time and money on arranging an outstanding present for just one other person, instead of having to buy lots of small gifts which can create lots of waste!

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 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.

Merry Christmas from all the Recycle IT team.

Recycle IT - Pakman Award Winner 2016
Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winner 2016

European Week for Waste Reduction 2016

Promoting European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR)

The 2016 European Week for Waste Reduction runs from November 19 to 27th and is an initiative to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions to help sustain resources and improve waste management.

European Week for Waste Reduction, 2016

The week aims to encourages a wide range of audiences including public authorities, businesses, civil society as well as communities and individuals to get involved in waste reduction.

Its main aims include

Raising awareness about waste reduction, product reuse and material recycling

Highlight the work accomplished by organisation involved in Waste Reduction Week

Mobilise and encourage individuals to concentrate on four key action themes including.

  • Reduce – Strict avoidance and reduction at source
  • Reuse – Preparing for reuse and reuse
  • Recycle – Waste sorting and recycling
  • Let’s Clean Up Europe! – European Clean-Up Day (May 2017)

Actions for waste reduction including reduce, reuse and recycle should be part of everyday life. Please can click here to read more about ideas for  reduce and reuse.

Focus on Recycling

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. Recycling reduces the amount of waste that is land filled or incinerated and secures that waste material, after being transformed, forms part in manufacturing new products. Recycling, waste constitutes a source of secondary raw material and therefore helps to decrease the use of material, energy resources, pollution and natural resources.

 Waste Reduction, 2016
Waste Reduction, 2016

Recycling 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.

Some Ideas to Increase Recycling Activities

  • Individuals can take the recycling lead at home, in school or at work.
  • Display information which informs others including kids about the environmental, social and economic impact of waste.
  • Design easily understandable sorting guides and share them with your target audience.
  • Plan and introduce waste sorting at work, in schools, in public spaces where to live (supported by sorting games or rewards).
  • Arrange site visits at recycling or composting centres to learn more.
  • Invite recycling organisations to work events, libraries, schools or other locations to speak about the environmental, social and economic impact of waste and the benefits of recycling.
  • Organise  clean-ups – click here for more details

Sharing

When you decide on an idea remember to take pictures, record audio and videos and then use what you’ve recorded to show the results.  Publish your achievements using print, social media, community TV or via a local exhibition.

Promote the Benefits of Recycling including

  • Reduces the amount of waste and resources lost in landfills or burnt;
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials;
  • Saves energy needed to make new products from raw material;
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change;
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations;
  • Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries.

Real Recycling

Recycle IT works daily in Dublin and the surrounding areas to recycle waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and our team are passionate about doing their best to achieve our objectives.

Recycle IT offer a selective collection service for WEEE and then sort and stream material collected which is essential for compliance with waste regulations. Establishing selective collection and drop off services such as those offer by Recycle IT  encourages individuals and organisations who might not otherwise, to sort and stream their waste. This has in turn helped improved WEEE recycling rates in Ireland.

Remember all waste should be separated, whether home or in the office. It should be disposed of correctly and electrical waste should be recycled with an authorised and licensed service.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is a not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off 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 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.

Recycle IT - Pakman Award Winner 2016
Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winner 2016

 

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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JCI Ireland 

Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winners 2016

The Pakman Awards 2016

The Pakman Awards are a national awards programme that recognize excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals in Ireland. The overall awards are arranged by Repak with various categories sponsored by a range of Irish organisations which you will find listed here.

Whether you are a local recycler, tidy towns group just starting out or a large organisation recovering, processing or transporting waste materials you are encouraged to submit an entry.

Recycle IT - Shortlisted for Pakman Awards 2016
Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winners 2016

In late summer 2016  Recycle IT submitted our first application to the Pakman Awards and we were delighted to be shortlisted. Then on October 27th 2016 we went one step further and were announced as winners of the overall award in the category, Environmental Education and Awareness Initiatives. 

The award ceremony was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge Dublin 4 on the evening of October 27th. It was a fantastic event which promoted and rewarded the work of organisations large and small across Ireland.

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John McEntee and Una Lavelle – Recycle IT

As an organisation we were thrilled to receive our award from Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Mr Denis Naughten and CEO of Repak, Mr Seamus Clancy. (pictured above)  We want to thank all those involved throughout the process for their efforts and support and especially our hard working collection and recycling teams.

About the Pakman Award

The Pakman Awards was launched in 2015 by Repak to replace the Repak Recycling Awards and allow more accessibility to the awards for all organisations who demonstrate their sustainability and environmental efforts.  The inaugural Pakman marked a significant change in the direction for Repak whose awards were previously only open to its members and recovery operators. Now all organisations who can demonstrate their environmental waste management practices and efforts can enter.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is a not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off 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 which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.

Recycle IT  work with schools, residents associations, voluntary groups and charities across Dublin and the surrounding areas to support reuse and recycling initiatives including WEEE workshops, bring days, and community gardening using re-purposed waste.

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.

Please click here to learn more about all the Pakman Award Winners 2016.

 

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Recycle IT  are recognised as Age Friendly by Age Friendly Ireland

39 Reuse Tips – Reuse Month 2016

Reuse IT 

For generations in Ireland and across Europe thrift was one of the main reasons for reuse.  In the developing world it’s still the case and leads to very high levels of reuse.  In Ireland as in other developed countries rising wages and greater consumer purchasing power has increased demand for convenience products.

Minions - Reuse Toilet Roll Tubes
Minions – Reuse Toilet Roll Tubes

This has greatly reduced reuse of lower value items in favor of disposal or recycling.  Recycling is positive and has great benefits but uses resources including time, human capital and natural resources (e.g. fuel) to get the items to locations where they can be recycled effectively.

If you can reuse an item yourself, it can help save money, save time, and the environment Reuse helps reduced CO2 emissions and the mining of raw materials.  Reuse can be a matter of thinking a little differently and figuring out how old milk cartons, cans, bags, bicycles, tires, packing or wood maybe reuse to match your needs. Reuse will truly find a new life for items around your home or workplace.

We have created 39 reuse tips for reuse month, October 2016 – Have a read and see what you can do!

39 Tips 

  1. Create reusable lunch boxes or storage containers from large plastic ice cream tubs.
  2. After a picnic or BBQ, wash and save plastic knives, forks and spoons then store for your next outdoor event.
  3. Reuse large plastic milk container to water garden plants rather than a hose: pierce small holes in the top side of the container and fill with water for slow, steady and simple watering.
  4. Harvest seeds from fruit and vegetables and try to grow them!
  5. Use paper egg cartons or toilet paper tubes (both are biodegradable) to start growing seeds into plants. They can be dropped right into the soil once strong enough.
  6. Turn toilet rolls or paper towel tubes into playthings for children or nesting materials for your small pets.
  7. Create egg carton crafts

    Reuse IT - Egg Carton Alligator
    Reuse IT – Egg Carton Alligator
  8. Store printed pictures and photos in poly pockets to reduce the aging effects from humidity, damp and light.
  9. Use old wine corks to create a floating key ring; your keys won’t sinking while at the pool, beach or lake.
  10. Use a 2-liter plastic bottle to create a bird feeder.
  11. Used cold bacon fat in a tuna or cat food tin to feed you feathered friends, just hang from a tree or post in the garden.
  12. Put old newspaper under a tablecloth to offer protection against spills.
  13. Clean your window on Monday with Sundays newspapers (instead of paper towel)
  14. Place an open jar or bowl of dried, used coffee grounds in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors.
  15. Keep a jar of dried, used coffee grounds to use with washing up liquid. It acts as a scouring agent for baked on food
  16. Placed used coffee grounds in a ring around garden plants to keep bugs and slugs away.
  17. Refresh your eyes fresh with chilled and dampened tea bags taken from the fridge.
  18. Cut old bike tire tubes tube into strips to make rubber bands in custom sizes.
  19. Cut or shred paper or thin card into eco-friendly packing material for presents or parcels.

    Reuse IT Washing Machine Drum Light
    Reuse IT – Washing Machine Drum Light
  20. As kids out grow coloring pencils, pens and art supplies try donating them to your local school.
  21. Empty bottles, sweet boxes and biscuit tins can be used as small screw holders, tool boxes, sewing kit or cake holders.
  22. Collect old soap ends in to stocking leg and keep by an outdoor tap, ensuring you have hand wash for outside use.
  23. Cut up old t-shirts and use them to clean up messy spills around the house and in the garage.
  24. Used an old adult t-shirt as painting overalls for your kids – saves washing clothes.
  25. Old tights make great rags for cleaning, dusting and shining
  26. Old tights can be reused as sleeves for storing posters, wallpaper rolls, wrapping paper or anything else that needs to stay rolled up.
  27. Cut the legs of old jeans for make supper cool shorts for summer.
  28. Use banana peels to shine your shoes. Rub the inside of the peel on shoes, then shine with a soft cloth.
  29. Turn bread heals into breadcrumbs once dried out. Just blitzed.
  30. Use the peels of juiced lemons and limes to make zest and twists, which can be dried or frozen for later use.
  31. Use juiced citrus fruit halves sprinkled with salt to clean stainless steel and other metal fixtures.
  32. Add a piece of orange peel to brown sugar to ensure it stays soft.
  33. Don’t throw away half used copy books, up-cycle into kid’s  drawing books.
  34. Unravel woolen jumpers and knit something new for you!
  35. Reused material from 3 or 4 broken umbrellas to assemble a retro style rain poncho.
  36. Jars can be cleaned and used to store homemade jams, preserves or even as desk organizer for pens, paper clips or pencils.
  37. Save old toothbrushes to scrub hard to reach places, like grout, sinks or behind water taps.
  38. Collect broken china to re-tile outdoor tables, flower pots or paths.
  39. Hang old clothes drawers or washing machine drums on the wall to create shelves or used them as storage boxes.

Waste is Treasure! 

We all know one person’s waste is another person’s treasure. Instead of discarding unwanted electrical appliances, tools or clothes, try selling or donating them, you will be reducing waste and helping others.

Local community groups, charity shops, schools and nonprofit organisations may accept a variety of donated items, including used books, paint, working toys and unneeded furniture. Please click here to learn more

Reuse IT - Milk Carton - Water Carton
Reuse IT – Milk Carton – Water Carton
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.

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11 Recycling Facts for 2016

Recycling Week 2016

It was Repak Recycling Week 2016, recently and Reuse Month is coming this October. These named weeks and months are established to promoted the importance of  reuse and recycling. They offers you,  your kids, family, friends and colleagues an opportunity to refresh on how to reduce, reuse and recycle and learn some facts about how we are doing as a nation.

Its worth noting recycling is a very effective  economic development tool as well as an environment saver. The mantra of Reduce, Reuse  Recycling offers direct employment opportunities and can reduce environmental concerns in communities.

 When items are collected with skill and care, some can be fixed for reuse and others disassembled becoming a resource that contributes to local income, jobs, business expansion, and the local economy.

Repak recently released figures noting that 98% of Irish people know how important recycling is, yet there’s still work to be done. Even though most of us recycle, there are still issues around recycling contamination meaning that even those of us with the best intentions are actually putting the wrong things in that green bin. Contamination in your recycling bin can be as high as 36%.

Recycle IT - Community Electrical Recycling
Recycle IT – Community Electrical Recycling Collection

Don’t Bin Electronic and Electrical Items  

When you think of electronic or electrical waste equipment (WEEE) or e-waste, do you think of items like computers, radios, light bulbs, zip disks, and tapes drives, clock alarms or wall clocks, even cameras, it’s really any items with computerised parts.

These items and similar are adding to an ever increasing e-waste mountain and the pile usually starts building in people’s homes. We know  electrical or electronic items  are not recycled as easily or as frequently as other recyclable materials such as paper, glass or plastics. Some of the items are very large and hard to recycle, others are small and have a personal or perceived value so people don’t want to let them go!

Lets share some facts! 
  1. Generally the original owner of a laptop will keep it only three years before it is tossed. Mobile phones last 24 months or less.
  2. It is estimated in 2013 that 84% of all Irish households have access to a computer at home with the figure highest in Dublin region where 86% of all households have a computer (CSO 2013)
  3. There were 5,432,182 active mobile phone subscriptions at the end of March 2013 which works out as 1.185 mobile phones for every person in Ireland (ComReg)
  4. Recycling electronic and electrical equipment allows materials to be reused, and re-using materials creates new jobs.
  5. Recycling just one computer has a positive impact on stopping electronic waste pollution.
  6. Between 1950 and 2005, worldwide metals production grew six times.
  7. Electronic waste can contain more than 1,000 components, many of which are toxic, including heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium.
  8. Nokia report that globally, 74% of consumers don’t think about recycling mobile phones, despite the fact that around the same number, 72%, think recycling makes a difference to the environment.
  9. Technology and IT equipment make up only 6% of the overall WEEE recycled in Ireland (WEEE Ireland Report 2014)
  10. Computers, laptops and tablets are not designed to be recycled mechanically – they are difficult to take apart, many of the materials cannot be easily identified. It takes real manual effort to extract components. (Recycle IT 2015)
  11. Recycling helps to conserve energy and as a result less greenhouse gases are emitted

There are many ways that recycling helps our environment. Why not try to remember and introduce these 5 points.

  • A reduction in landfill and industrial waste by reuse or recycling.
  • Reduced energy usage by reuse or recycling.
  • Less pollution through reuse or recycling.
  • Increased employment by reuse or recycling.
  • Sustainable usage of nature resources by reuse and recycling.

When Irish people wish to make a point, they usually do it well. This needs to be the case with reduce, reuse and recycling

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Recycled Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

By recycling, your positive actions makes you part of the solution rather than part of a global problem. As local communities we must plan and first take steps to reduce the amount of waste and including e-waste that is clogging up our lives .

Making sure that recyclable items such as computers don’t end up in the wrong bin, landfills or illegally dumped is an important step toward green living and environmental conservation for future generation.

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 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.

Our services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. We are authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authority. Visit www.recycleit.ie  to learn more or book your recycling collection on telephone 01 4578321.

Learn more about Repak Recycling here

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Tree Week and Electrical Recycling

Whats Common to Trees and Recycling? 

The Tree Council of Ireland has been organizing “Tree Week” since 1985. Its a week of events to celebrate trees and is sponsored by the ESB in association with Coillte. This year ESB Tree Week 2016 runs from Sunday March 6th until Sunday March 13th.

Tree Week 2016 was launched by Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director of the Botanic Gardens, in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin at 2pm on Sunday March 6th, 2016 and is the start of a week of events across Ireland.

Recycle IT over the years have supported a range of community groups with planters, training and guidance on growing trees in recycled Tumble Dryer and Washing Machine drums and we are delighted to see trees planted in re-purposed electrical equipment including once cherished household appliances . These drums offers a cost effective, durable and environmentally friendly solutions to planting trees in areas with limited space available such as community gardens, schools and footpaths.  We all can have a tree somewhere close!

Up-cycled Planters
Recycle IT Up-cycled Planters – Bloom in the Park

Tips for Planting Electric Trees!

Planting trees in upcycled containers is just like planting other plants except the tree and your tumble dryer drums are larger.

The best trees for containers are small and slow growing with compact root systems.  Some trees drop lots of seeds, leaves or fruits during the growing season.  so keep this in mind if you are locating planter on a patio, deck or balcony.

Look for trees that have something to offer all year  and a variety that is suited to your climate and the growing conditions in your garden area

Reused Planter
Recycle IT – Tree – Reused Planter

Different trees can tolerate shade, wind or pollution better than others.  Some of the best container-friendly trees aren’t hardy enough to remain outdoors year round except in milder climates so you may need to move the tree planter to a less exposed area during winter. Dwarf tree varieties and those with slow growth are the easiest to establish in planters. Conifers – especially evergreens – require less food and nutrients than trees with broad leaves You can learn more about planting trees by watching this video from the Tree Council 

Tree Week Events

As we move through  tree week, you will find a wide range of events taking place, from tree planting to poetry readings, something for everyone and you can learn more here. If you are interested in reusing a tumble dryer drum to plant a tree, maybe in a playground,  for a tidy town or  in a community garden give Recycle IT a call on 01 4568321.