As technology at home and in the office evolves, the speed at which people cease using their existing small electrical and electronic items and replace them with newer models happens with increased regularity. Days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday increase exposure to new gadgets and drive consumers to purchase!
What is Small?
Individuals young and old replace phones, modems, toys, game consoles, chargers, virtual assistants (AI technology), smartwatch and fitness monitors without thinking to much about the older equipment. Did you know the average life of a smartphone and smartwatch is approx. 24 months.
There are reasons for a short life such as built-in obsolescence or the consumers perceived need or want for the newest product. Research by the German Environment Agency on the lifespan of consumer electronics can provide further information; just click here.
Before you dispose of old items please be aware many items contain valuable metals and plastics. With natural resources in limited supply, combined with ever increasing waste disposal costs, it’s important that we safely recycle small electrical items so that they can be reused in new products.
Items like those listed above and below (if not fit for reuse) are usually shredded to reduce volume and are mechanically separated into their component parts (plastics, ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals). The materials collected will then be reused. For example, mixed grade plastic can be used to make street and park furniture or multi purpose decking. Any metals recovered are reused in the manufacture of many different types of new products including your new phone or tablet!
What to do?
Recycle IT can help you recycle your small, old, unused or damaged electrical items including batteries of all types. Pop your batteries in a small clear bag alongside of items such as kettles, toaster or small electric tools and they all will be safely recycled. Please don’t place them in the black, brown or green bin or leave them out for unauthorised collection.
Recycle IT want to encourage all users of electrical items to recycle their unwanted, damaged, broken or outdated small electrical gadgets when recycling large items from their homes and offices. Clear out draws, shelves and bags used to store smaller items out of sight!
Recycle IT offer a community collection service, a business collection service and free drop off to communities across Dublin and would like to see an increase the amount of small electrical items received for safe recycling. If this does not work for you, simply place in an envelope or small box and post to us!
Please don’t horde items in the hope of future repair for reuse. Please do get them repaired quickly and if not recycle!
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is an award-winning social enterprise providing a community, personal and business collection service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Dublin and surrounding counties.
During 2018 Recycle IT offered to drop off and collection services to tens of thousands of homes, schools, charities and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and screens
Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by Pobal, Dormant Accounts, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.