Electrical and electronic equipment such as computers, TVs, fridges, tablets, and mobile phones are some of the fastest-growing waste streams in the EU, with some 9 million tonnes generated in 2005, and expected to grow to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020. (Source: The European Commission)
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) combines a mixture of materials, components, and hazardous content. If not properly managed this mixture can cause major environmental and health concerns. It also worth noting the production of new electronics requires the use of scarce and expensive resources (e.g. around 10% of total gold worldwide is used for their production).
Collection, treatment, and recycling of electronics at the end of their life is therefore essential. This process helps improve the management of old electrical and electronic equipment and contributes positively to a circular economy and enhance resource efficiency. It also helps maintain and create jobs in our local economy.
WEEE to Work Initiative 2019
In order to help with recycling old electrical appliances, Recycle IT are offering organizations of all shapes and sizes based in South Dublin the opportunity to host a WEEE to Work event which will allow staff to recycle all old electrical and electronic equipment. All you need to do is contact our office to book your collection. Please remember we need a minimum for 50 – 60 electrical items to make the collection a success, both from a cost and environmental perspective. Items for recycling can be large or small.
Recycle IT will provide the collection team, help and transport to collect items from a central location on a pre-arranged day, usually in the morning after 9am and before 1pm.
As part of the Spring Clean and Reuse Month initiatives, South Dublin Country Council have agreed to have a WEEE recycling receptacle available in their offices in Tallaght to allow staff to recycle. during April and Oct each year. Your company can follow their lead by placing a reusable receptacle e.g. a large box or bin in your building for the collection of old electrical items.
Please note, Recycle IT are not in a position to provide receptacles as it not environmentally, time or cost-friendly.
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 offer drop off and collection services to 110,000 homes and organizations in Dublin and surrounding areas over the last 18 months collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of dishwashers, computers, cables, monitors, microwaves, TV’s and metal items.
Our electrical community collection service is provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.
As the festive season comes to an end after New Years, Recycle IT are encouraging you to Recycle and Reuse your Christmas Tree and whatever you do don’t throw your tree in a bin or leave it for your bin service to collect! You can easily recycled for reuse locally with many local authorities providing drop off points across each county.
We acknowledge local areas are offering different services, but after reading this post you should be able find a Christmas tree recycling centre close to your home in Dublin!
It also worth noting if you have old or damaged Christmas LightsRecycle IT will accept them. All lights, old or damaged, large or small, internal or external can be dropped off free of charge from January 2nd 2019 – Learn more here
Some Interesting Facts
Before you click the links below you might as well learn some facts on what can be done with your trees after the holiday. Kids love this stuff!
Real Christmas trees are often chipped into mulch at local recycling centre
Mulch is reused in for animal bedding or wooded areas or local parks.
Remember it takes time to grow a tree, with a tree 6 to 7 feet taking on average 7 year to grow.
Recycled real Christmas trees have been used to make sand and soil erosion barriers and been placed in ponds for fish shelter.
Growing Christmas trees provides a habitat for wildlife.
Christmas trees can remove dust and pollen from the air.
Christmas trees have been used to rebuild housing structures for natural wildlife that has been destroyed through development.
Artificial trees will last on average for six years in your home, but for centuries in a landfill.
An acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
You should not burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace; it can contribute to creosote buildup.
Recycle IT recycle the old electrical decorations with tons of old lights, cables, plugs and batteries arriving each year – keep them coming!
List of Christmas Tree Recycling Centres
All the County Council areas in Dublin make arrangements for Christmas Tree recycling services starting early January 2019 and running right up to the middle of January 2019.
This service is free and is usually for domestic household trees only. Usually one tree per household / vehicle will be accepted. Signage will be placed at the various locations indicating that it is an official recycling point. For a list of locations near you please see below
Christmas Tree Recycling Centres Dublin
South Dublin City Council has made tree recycling arrangements this year at 21 locations in South Dublin. Click here to view the locationshere for more details
Dublin City Council has made similar tree recycling arrangements and for opening hours for bring centres and Christmas trees recycling centres click here
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will have Christmas Tree recycling available to residents at the locations listed here
Recycle IT is anaward winning not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). During 2018 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to thousands of homes, communities, and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.
Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.
Visit our website for further details about recycling old electrical items or call 01 4578321 to book a collection in the New Year!
Every day is a recycling day for our team. It’s our passion and its the reasons we share regular news, updates and information related to recycling.
In this post we have particularly focused on recycling computer or IT equipment. As we all know there are tons of old PC’s and laptops in homes and offices which are of no further use and could be recycled for reuse.
We also know computer owners and pc users are sometimes reluctant to hand old equipment over for recycling. We hope you can take a few minutes to read and maybe rethink!
According to Gartner Dataquest’s statistics, in April 2002 the billionth personal computers was shipped. The second billion mark was supposedly reached in 2007. But how many computers are in use? According to a report by Forrester Research, there were over one billion PCs in use worldwide by the end of 2008. With changing computer trends and emerging markets growing fast, its s estimated that there are over two billion computer type devices in use today. In 2017 alone appox 60 million PCs were shippped each quarter worldwide. That is a lot of PC’s which can be reused and/or recyclecd.
Continuous updates in technology are hard to keep up with. Every 12 – 18 months’ new models of computers, laptops, tablets and even phones are introduced. This in turn make older models obsolete, and since they cannot be thrown in the bin, reuse or recycling becomes an option.
Computer recycling hopefully means giving old computers to a licensed waste facility where they are tested for reuse or disassembled into component parts. These components can be further broken down and reused as raw material for a new purpose.
Based on research conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the world produced nearly 49 million metric tons of used electrical and electronic products last year. That’s an average of about 20 kg per person or t 8 average laptops for each of the 7 billion people in the world today.
With approximately 240 million – 300 million new computer devices manufactured annually for sale, recycling old computers and computer components is really important and should be regarded as the norm!
9 Reasons to Recycle Your Old Computer
Recycling and Natural Resources
A lot of materials and parts can be recovered from the old electronics. These materials can be reused as raw materials to make new products, thus reducing the need and cost to mine new materials. (e.g. metals like copper and iron) Did you know the metals recovered from a computer’s circuit board can be recycled to make new circuit boards for other electronics items like house alarms or monitors.
Recycling Computers and the Environment
Recycling is very eco-friendly, as it prevents hazardous waste like lead from entering our environment Many old computer contain harmful materials like lead and mercury, and if disposed of improperly, may harm humans, animals or the environment. Instead of dumping electronic equipment or storing items in the house or office why not recycle the items safely
Computer Recycling and Local Employment
Considering that more than 90% of computer products are recyclable, recycling can play a part in creating employment. Social Enterprises such as Recycle IT recover electronic each day. The more we equipment collected and recycled the greater the opportunities for further employment. Recycling is labour intensive and employment can be boosted by recycling locally so support social enterprises like Recycle IT to create jobs!
Computer Reuse Supports the Community
As part of community responsibility, reuse of old computers and electrical equipment can helping support the development of community training opportunities. You can enable people to access a computer , learn about technology, build confidence and prepare for a bright future in their community by simple giving your older computer for reuse by community groups or community educational programmes.
The amounts of WEEE being discarded grows daily. Over time, the waste accumulates to take up valuable space in homes, offices warehouses and even outdoors. If toxins leak they can infiltrate soil and water systems which can cause soil and water pollution. Recycling can help reserve these consequences and protect the environment from pollution.
Some newer computer equipment can be traded. This type of reuse helps the environment and your pocket. Many retail shops are offering trade-in options where you take back old electronic equipment and trade in to reduce the cost of the new equipment. Trading in means economic benefits for you,the consumer and helps shops and manufacturers close the loop on recycling.
Recycling Supports Reuse
Recycling helps in the recovery of materials used in the initial manufacturing process. Many parts of computer hardware are reusable, and recycling them prevents them from going to waste. When recycling is complete correctly, fewer resources and energy are needed to manufacture the same products again.
Recycling WEEE under Irish Legislation
To address increasing electrical and electronic waste steams the EU introduced the WEEE directive – 2002/96/EC. Ireland implemented this legislation on time and approved two compliance schemes; WEEE Ireland and ERP Ireland. The WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC from August 13th, 2005, places the obligation upon all producers and distributors of waste electronic and electrical equipment to comply . We can all help with compliance by recycling. You can try one of the many retail take back schemes, your local bring centre or recycle with a community organisation.
Social responsibility sometime includes being able to donate to worthy causes. What you might consider an old computer maybe a value resource which can be passed to others including families and children who can’t afford to buy a new computer. Refurbishment of computers allows reuse by others including community groups or low-income families.
Recycle for Reuse
Instead of keeping dusty old computers at home or in the office please consider recycling them for component reuse. As you can see it is extremely beneficial to both the environment and community.
Remember computers and similar items can be dropped off at no cost or you can avail of a free community collection service while we are in your area. Recycle IT can also offer a cost-effective personal or business collection if you decide to declutter or create space.
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 over 100,000 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.