Ireland’s largest electrical and battery recycling scheme, WEEE Ireland has had a number of very successful years.
The WEEE Ireland Annual Reports available below outline a number of years of positive performance for the WEEE takeback scheme. The team shave been successful in areas such as membership numbers, tonnes collected, education and fundraising. WEEE Ireland achieved the targets set to collect 65% of WEEE placed on the market by members, so well done!
In order to exceed the EU collection target of 65% (by weight) in 2019 WEEE Ireland will need to work hard and remain focused on collections to increase recycling volumes as more electrical appliances are placed onto the market for purchase by consumers. (ie. electrical and electronic items offered to and purchased by consumers).
In addition to extra material, the lighter weight of some new products; such as flat-panel TVs compared to older CRT box televisions, reduces the weight of WEEE coming back for recycling. These factors will make the ongoing achievement of a 65% national collection rate a challenge over the coming years.
WEEE Ireland is the largest scheme for the collection of household and dual-use WEEE in the Irish marketplace. It accounts for two-thirds of national collection activity and in 2019 WEEE Ireland have successfully reported 38,594 tonnes of household and dual-use (B2C) WEEE, collected for recycling which equates to 65% takeback of members’ market share.
Collections and Environment – Some Figures!
WEEE Ireland coordinates collections of waste electrical and electronic equipment via three core channels: Retailers, Civic Amenity Sites, and other WEEE Ireland Collection Points.
An increase in the weight of WEEE collected from retailer collection points, from 19,251 tonnes in 2017 to 20,272 tonnes in 2018.
– 15% of WEEE taken back through special events includes public collection days, along with WEEE collected through waste industry partners, workplace events and through the education sector.
– WEEE Ireland collected 10,362 tonnes of WEEE from civic amenity sites.
– When compared, recycling electrical and electronic waste through WEEE Ireland with landfilling in 2018, the equivalent of 220k tonnes of CO 2 emissions were avoided. That is the equivalent of 865 million KM driven by an average passenger vehicle.
In 2018 alone WEEE Ireland recycled 36,131 tonnes of WEEE through its WEEELABEX certified treatment partners located in Ireland and other EU countries.
That’s is a weight which is hard to imagine but its really the weight of 350 blue whales. WEEE Ireland’s environmental management of this WEEE meant the following was achievements: See the image below.
In order to get the complete picture, you should download a copy of the WEEE Ireland Annual Reports
Click here for the 2018 report.
Click here for the 2019 report.
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is an award-winning social enterprise providing recycling collection and drop off services for all types of waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) and pure metal items.
Over recent years 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 the Department of Rural and Community Development, Dormant Accounts, Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster, Ireland.