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.
Equipment for Recycling

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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New Year – Plastic Free July Update

2021 NY resolution for living plastic-free

Choosing to refuse one more plastic items each month in 2021 – As we move forward in 2021 this option might be easier than doing everything at once. Ask you family, friends, sports club or office to commit each month to swap out one single-use plastic product with a reusable alternative. For example, in January you could swap out takeaway coffee cups for a reusable one, in February you could start buying plastic-free toothbrushes, in March start using a personal reusable water bottles and so on. 

Can you Refuse’ Single-use Plastic?

Each year in July 2020 people all over the world aim to exclude plastic bottles, cutlery, fruit packing, coffee cup lids and other common plastic waste items from their daily life, opting instead for reusable containers or those made from biodegradable materials.  We think this is a great idea and should be be a year round effort by all. 

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The vision started in Western Australia in 2011 and has since moved across the world to help promote and stop the earth becoming further saturated with plastic materials which are part of our convenience lifestyle.

Lots of items are designed to be used once and disposed of. They fill up bins in homes, work, schools and on streets across the world including Ireland with Irish town and city bins full to capacity most of the time.

Ireland and some other countries have made some progress with a tax on single-use plastic bags which reduced usage but problems still exist with millions of plastics bags, cutlery, bottles plates and cartons used daily.

This usage is rapidly increasing the amount of non-biodegradable product on the earth. These plastics may be cheap and convenient, but it’s having real consequences. Plastic is polluting our land, air, and oceans; it is harming our marine life and even invading our bodies with Microbeads everywhere.

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Where to start – We have added 10 Tips to help

BRING YOUR OWN BAG: Get yourself a couple of good cloth bags and leave them in the car or beside the front door so you’ll always have them on hand.

DON’T BUY BOTTLED WATER: Get some reusable bottles and fit a cost-effective water filter to the taps in your home.

FRUIT CARTONS:  Avoid plastic fruit and vegetable packaging. A single plastic produce carton can take more than 1000 years to degrade so shop for unpackaged fruit and veg when you can or leave the plastic with the store.  They will get the idea!

DAILY COFFEE: Take away coffee cups are lined with plastic and often can’t be recycled. Take your own coffee cup or have a sit-down coffee using the cafe’s cups.

PACK A LUNCHBOX:  Use a good sturdy lunchbox with separate compartments, to allow you to pack food straight into separately, eliminating the need for plastic wrapping and avoid plastic-wrapped snack foods like biscuits or bars. Try making some at home, it cheaper and somewhat healthier.

PLASTIC FOOD WRAP: Buy some stainless steel or long plastic containers to help eliminate the need for single life plastic food wrapping.

STRAWS: If you really want a straw, buy reusable straws for use at home and demand reusable straws from your local takeaways or restaurants.

CUT PLASTIC CUTLERY: Plastic cutlery is another single-use plastic item you can avoid. Keep some reusable cutlery in your lunch or picnic bag.

SOURCE A SODA MAKER: This helps reduce the amount of plastic soft drinks bottles purchased, used and disposed of in your home and office weekly.

SHOP WISE: Ask your local shop and supermarket to make the change away from plastic or vote with your feet until they do. It will happen and think about all the waste which won’t enter your waste and the related time saved.

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Plastic Free 2021 – what to do! 

Just join the challenge and ‘Choose To Refuse’ single-use plastic during 2021. You can assist in achieving the goals of having a world without plastic waste.  Will you join and give up? If so learn more, and sign up at www.plasticfreejuly.org

Did You Know?

Friends of the Earth are interested to have Plastic Deposit Return Scheme in Ireland. They say it is a tried and tested method of collecting plastic bottles in public places, in states across America and countries across Europe. People can return their used drinks containers in exchange for money at reverse vending machines. Just like we returned glass for coins in Ireland in the past we can do this for plastic and aluminium today.

In late 2019 our previous Climate Action and Environment Minister Richard Bruton said he would like to see a study before taking any action in Ireland.

At the same time, final regulations for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme have now been laid in the Scottish Parliament. It is now confirmed the scheme’s go-live date will be 1 July 2022, giving retailers and producers “time to prepare for a successful scheme

What’s Planned 

If you purchase drinks in Scotland will have to pay a (£) deposit on every bottle or drinks can purchase. This ambitious new scheme unveiled by the Scottish government aims to help reduce and recover items for reuse and safe recycling.

The deposit return scheme is due to be the first national scheme in the UK and will cover glass and plastic bottles, as well as aluminium and steel drinks cans, sold in Scotland.

The consumer will get their deposit back when they return the empty bottle or can to the retailer. The scheme will operate throughout Scotland, including rural areas.  All types of drinks and all containers above 50ml and up to three litres in size are included. What do you think about this initiative? Would Ireland benefit from similar?

Some Progress!

In October 2020 the new Irish Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD invited the public to give their views on the design of a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and aluminium cans. The consultation feedback is being reviewed and you can get further details here.

Some positive steps are been taken by food retailers in Ireland. For example Aldi are removing plastic wrapping from product like drinks cartons, some fruit, veg and meat cartons and polystyrene from frozen pizza bases. You might ask yourself and then your local store manager what they are doing to really reduce plastic usage?

Organisations like Coca Coke and Guinness have also removed plastic from drinks carton and replaced with cardboard cartons so some change is underway. We are all demand and do more!

About Recycle IT

As you know lots of electrical, electronic and metal items are packed in plastic and have a plastic cover or coating. When these items are recycled the plastic is removed and mainly reused in new products. We do our best to aid this process but like you we we can struggle with everyday soft plastics used in the office or canteen. We do our best to reduce and this is why we follow Plastic Free July its helps with tips and guides change!

Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Last year Recycle IT offered to drop off and collection services to homes, schools, charities, and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

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