Why Should People Recycle?

What Motivates Recycling?

There are many motives for recycling like reducing the need for mining, quarrying and logging trees or refining and processing new raw materials. Recycling already mined and manufactured products saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, limits air and water pollution and diminishes the negative effects on climate.

The benefits of recycling are sound and positive. They include: 

  • Less waste sent to landfills and incinerators.
  • Saves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.
  • Supports economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials.
  • Reduces sources of pollution by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials.
  • Saves energy.
  • Creates employment and contributes to economic well being.

Most people are doing a good job at recycling but we can always do more. The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says Ireland generated approximately 14 million (M) tonnes of waste in 2018, corresponding to 2.9 tonnes per person.

The makeup of Ireland’s municipal waste has changed considerably over the last ten years. Plastics now makeup one-fifth of the waste in household recycling and residual waste bins.

More residual waste is now used as a fuel (energy recovery) than disposed to landfill in Ireland. In 2020, Ireland had three landfills accepting municipal waste for disposal in Ireland and two municipal waste incinerators accepting municipal waste for energy recovery while three cement kilns are authorised to accept solid recovered fuel (SRF) for co-incineration as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Recycling achievements over 20 years include:

  • 126 landfills in Ireland, reduced to 3.
  • 10 million tonnes of packaging diverted from landfill
  • 8 billion plastic bottles recycled
  • 7 billion glass bottles recycled
  • 6 billion aluminium cans recycled
  • 4 million tonnes of paper and cardboard
  • Separate yearly collection of 8.6KG per person of WEEE from households.

Reward Driven

Human are reward driven by nature and because the reward for recycling is not immediate and the repercussions are in the future many people develop a habit of total waste disposal. They don’t see the effects of climate change, global warming and environmental harm as affecting them in the present.

Barriers to Recycling

We need to look at potential and real barriers to recycling and take action to increase reduce, reuse and recycling participation in our homes and local communities.

Different areas, communities and people will face barriers to recycling with some requiring unique recycling solutions to overcome these barriers

The graph below lists the top reasons people said they don’t recycle more:

Source: Ipsos poll conducted 2011 (Published by the Huffington Post)
Source: Ipsos poll conducted 2011 (Published by the Huffington Post) Reformatted by Recycle IT

Encouraging Change

Practical solutions are important and can increase recycling participation rates, for example if recycling drop off initiatives are inconvenient for your areas could curbside collections be researched and introduced to improve recycling rates. This is a solution Recycle IT introduced a number of years ago for electrical items. Here are some more ideas.

1: Add recycling bins to public areas – work with your area representatives to achieve this goals.

2: Write a column for the local newspapers/newsletters or publish a blog.

3: Ask local schools to teach recycling to students and parents together.

4: Form a local recycling group or establish a tidy town initiative.

5: Use your creativity to repurpose, reuse or recycle and bring others along on the journey.

6: Reduce confusion. Many people are confused about which items can be recycled or can’t be recycled. Thinks about plastic yogurt pots or paper towel tubes? What do you do? Read more in an article by Conor Pope in the Irish Times or view the waste lists for Ireland here and share.

7: Think about the economic benefits of reuse or recycling to you and others. Did you know that organisation such as Recycle IT can create training opportunities and jobs based on recycling old electrical, electronic and pure metal items? What can you do?

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In 2018 the EPA reported data which puts Ireland just about in compliance with the Waste Framework Directive’s municipal recycling target of 50% (target for 2020). Current recycling trends indicate that Ireland faces significant challenges in meeting future EU recycling targets for 2025 (55%) to 2035 (65%).

Electrical and Electronic Change

In 2018 according to EPA data Ireland reached the European Union waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling and recovery targets for all ten categories of WEEE. The 2018 collection target was set at 45% of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market and we achieved collection rate of a 61%. This EU target increased to 65% from 2019. Did you know that 73% of WEEE collected in 2018 pre-treated in Ireland with organisations like Recycle IT and others working to achieve with result

From a everyday perspective electrical and electronic gadgets of all kinds can be incredibly useful and benefit all parts of our lives. The biggest downsides of electronics is the toxic nature of their many components. They are toxic to the environment, and sometimes to life. Some are just thrown away and left to leach into the soil which harms animals plants and water sources. You might consider slowing down the purchase cycle, use gadgets for longer, offer for reuse and lastly recycle safely with an organisation like Recycle IT

We should all care about recycling now, so our children and grandchildren can have cleaner greener futures on the planet which is central to our very existence.

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 drop off and collection services to homes and organisations in Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of kitchen appliances, computers, cables, monitors, laptops, TV’s and pure metal items of all shapes and sizes

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, Ireland.

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Recycle IT – COVID-19 – 2021

Overview 2021

Recycle IT plan to remain open for electrical, electronic and pure metal recycling DROP OFF and COLLECTIONS during Level 5 of the Plan for Living with Covid-19. Recycling services are included in the list of essential services which can operate.

Following a recent Cabinet meeting the Government has decided to introduce COVID-19 Level 5 restrictions during late December 2020. These restrictions are due to be in place until further notice.

The Government say that over the coming weeks, we have a real challenge individually and collectively. With much of society and the economy closed, we all have choices to make which will have a significant impact on how we manage Covid-19 in 2021. To learn more click here.

These restrictions mean all counties in Ireland are Level 5 from midnight on 30 December 2020. At present Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until further notice. The Government will monitor and issue regular updates based on the status of the virus and on public health advice.

COVID 19

The priority is to minimise disruption to essential services but again this is subject to change. This means that some services will be moved online and some businesses and public services will be closed. You can learn more by clicking here. At present school are closed but hope to reopen shortly. We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:

Recycling with Recycle IT

Recycle IT reopened in Jan 20201 with a drop off service only but resumed a limited collection service again from February 1st 2021 based on demand. We are offering a safe collections services to households, schools, community group, charities and business organisations in Dublin at present. We have published collection guidelines to help ensure safe collections for customers and our team. You can read the guidelines here.

If you wish to drop off electrical, electronic and pure metal recycling drop off you will find our address and a location map and further details here.

COVID-19 Public Health Advice

Some of our staff team will be able to work from home. Others delivering services directly to the public with be working safely from our facility in Clondalkin, Dublin 22. The team will following all health and safety guidelines with a focus on those specific to COVID 19. Team members will have there temperature recorded daily with hand washing, hand sanitization and social distancing a priority.

Phone calls will be answered during the hours of 9.30 am and 1.30 pm. Email is the best form of communication and will be monitored Monday to Friday from 9 am and 5 pm.

Help Prevent COVID 19

If you wish to book an electrical recycling collection from your home, school, community group or business Recycle IT will make every effort to support on reopening for collections.

Once collection resume, its worth noting all items for recycling will need to be accessible, disconnected and ready for collection. Recycle IT teams will be following social distancing guidelines. They are happy to collect the electronic and electrical equipment from drives, parking areas, outside common areas and other accessible & clear external location. We ask recyclers to remain mindful of social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines when recycling.

If you need further information on COVID 19 updates are available on the HSE-HPSC Website (updated daily at 12 noon) together with guidance and other relevant information.

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 the Department of Rural and Community Development, Pobal and Dormant Accounts and authorised by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across in Leinster.

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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Shorter Product Life Means More Recycling?

What is a Circular Economy

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional economy in which we Make Products, Use Products and Dispose Off  Products. The circular economy encourages us to keep scarce resources in use for as long as possible and extract the maximum value from them. This might include buying a radio, using it for 30 or 40 years years regardless of fashion trends, size trends, peer pressures or general appearance upgrades. Great! It’s still a radio once it provides you the opportunity to listen to news, music or sport. Once it life is over for you, we think it should be offer for reuse or safely recycled so parts materials can be reuse. What do you think?

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Recycle IT – The Circular Economy

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Plan to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where our resources are used in a more sustainable way.

The proposed actions will contribute to “closing the loop” of product life-cycles through greater efforts to reduce, reused, re-purpose and recycle in order to bring benefits for both the environment and the economy.

Benefits for The Environment, Consumer, Public Authorities and Businesses include

  • An increase in reuse and repair of products which will extend their longevity, provide consumers with financial gains and reduce waste.
  • Improved durability and repair-ability of products which benefits to consumers pockets.
  • Positive environmental impacts and improved enforcement of guarantees.
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Can these benefits really happen?

Yes it can: But we do have to ask questions about electrical and electronic products with apparently shorter life cycles. Whether it’s electronic toys, computers, TV’s, hairdryers, tablet PC’s or mobile phones, most are used for shorter periods of times before they are replaced. This was the conclusion of a recent study carried out by the German Federal Environment Agency  (UBA, February 2016)

The downside to having new and shiny electronic equipment is the vast consumption of valuable resources required to create them. The  end to end production process or supply chain creates pollution in the form of greenhouse gases, e.g. extraction, manufacturing and transportation. The report calls for minimum requirements to be established for product life and quality, “a sort of minimum shelf life for electrical and electronic devices”.

Its not just shiny electronic, the number of large household appliances like cookers, washing machines, fridges and dishwashers that had to be replaced due to a fault within the first five years after purchase also increased, from 3.5% in 2004 to 8.3% in 2013, according to the study carried out by the Öko Institute in Freiburg, Germany . This study was carried out in conjunction by with the University of Bonn.

The FutureRepair-Friendly Design

The president of the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Maria Krautzberger suggested that the capacity to repair the device should be facilitated by repair-friendly design and the making available of spare parts to non-manufacturers and other third parties. A second suggestion stated, that products have a recommended life span as product price is not a good indicator of reliability yet consumer who pay more expect a longer life span.

The drive to recycle our products and reduce factors such as climate change is one of the main aims of the European Commission’s circular economy package, which is intended to increase recycling levels and tighten rules on incineration and landfill.

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Employment

The whole industry requires better regulation and greater flexibility which will allow for ease of reuse and recycling. This can lead to increased employment opportunities in the repair and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment leading to a longer life and recycling pushed further down the road.

Between 2012 and 2018, 4 million jobs were linked to the circular economy in the EU, a growth of grew 5%. The circular economy can be expected to have a positive effect on job creation provided workers acquire the skills required by the green business. The potential of social economy organisations is like Recycle IT and others looks good once people grip the real value of offering their old stuff for reuse and recycling.

Arranging and preparing for re-use and recycling of waste in the EU will be enhanced by a thorough review of EU rules on waste shipments. A review will will look at restricting exports of waste items that have harmful environmental and health impacts in third countries or can be treated domestically within the EU. There will be a focus on countries of destination, problematic waste streams, types of waste operations that are source of concern, and enforcement to counteract illegal shipments. (Source: EU Circular Economy Action Plan).

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 organisations of all types across Dublin and surrounding areas.

Our recycling teams operate across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting electrical appliances which are old, damage and/or beyond repair. Items can include dishwashers, cookers, fridges, washing machines, computers, cables, monitors, microwaves, screens and much more.

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

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Repair My Stuff Ireland

The mission of repairmystuff.ie is to support, promote and encourage a repair industry in Ireland. This makes environmental and financial sense and if people know how and where to get products repaired they will do so!

The Directory

The repairmystuff.ie directory is considered a guide to repairing and reusing in Ireland, and it’s FREE. This directory aims to make it easier for you, the consumer to avail of the many great repair services throughout the country. Simply search what you want repaired and where in the country you are.

Repair My Staff – Website Photo

Whilst many counties are now covered, the team at repairmystuff.ie are busy working on covering all counties in Ireland with the hope providing you with a number of repair options. The website is an initiative of Monaghan County Council, other local authorities, the Local Authority Waste Prevention Network (LAPN), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the repair industry in Ireland.

In a recent positive development Repair My Stuff has teamed up with WEEE Ireland to makes it easier than ever to find more eco-conscious methods of repairing or disposing of your electronic products.

Did you know the average home in Ireland has around 72 products, 11 of which are broken or not being used any more. These items are stored in draws, sheds, bags, attics and many other locations Repairing these products instead of replacing them is kinder to the environment and can be kinder to your pocket.

With support from WEEE Ireland and in conjunction with the White Goods Association, the Repair My Stuff online directory will be expanding, so keep an eye out for repair options near you!

Repair My Stuff – Repair Map of Ireland

Asking yourself the question, why should I repair?

Terms like sustainability, circular economy, and eco friendly are buzzwords you may have heard but don’t fully understand. These words can be understood by simply opting for repair. If you choose repair you are contributing to each one of these terms, i.e. principles of sustainability, circular economy, and eco-friendliness. Repair & reuse are also a simple and often a cheaper routes to protecting our environment.

For more information on why it’s good to repair click here or visit repairmystuff.ie

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 organisations of all types across Dublin and surrounding areas.

Our recycling teams operate across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting electrical appliances which are old, damage and/or beyond repair. Items can include dishwashers, cookers, fridges, washing machines, computers, cables, monitors, microwaves, screens and much more.

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

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Recycling Gas Cookers or Hobs Safely

Gas Cooker, Hob, BBQs

The kitchen cooker or hob is often considered one of the most essential home appliances as many individuals and families across Ireland use either daily. They come in different colours and sizes but gas cookers and stoves have long been the first choice of professional chefs and home cooks alike. Bakers seem to prefer electric ovens!

Household Gas Cooker
Household Gas Cooker

If you’re buying a new gas cooker, oven or hob, we can help you safely recycle your old gas appliances  Did you know most gas cookers, hobs and even BBQs have a starter button either powered by mains electricity or battery which means Recycle IT can accept these type of appliances alongside all types of electrical items used in homes, gardens and small offices.

Why Recycle?

Unwanted appliances including items used in kitchens are one of Ireland’s fastest-growing type of waste. As you know many items can be repaired or reused while others simply need to be recycled. All options save natural resources and the environment so please do what best for you.

If you do not recycle your appliance properly they tend to end up in landfill or illegally dumped where hazardous substances can leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife, plant life and human health. If you are removing a gas cooker remember to do so safely.

Household Gas Cooker
Household Gas Cooker and Oven

Recycle IT can Help?

In accordance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, cookers, ovens, hobs and all type of electrical or electronic household items can be recycled by Recycle IT.

Unused or old household gas items including decommissioned boilers, gas-powered water heaters and BBQs will be accepted free. If they don’t have electric components, don’t worry, they are generally manufactured from metal which is accepted by Recycle IT. Household appliances can be drop off at no cost or collected cost-effectively in Dublin and surrounding counties.

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.

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

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