Ireland’s largest electrical and battery recycling scheme, WEEE Ireland has had a very successful year in 2018.
The 2018 Annual Report outlines a year of further growth for the WEEE Ireland Scheme, with increases in membership, collection tonnes, and overall activity. WEEE Ireland achieved the targets set to collect 65% of WEEE placed on the market by members in 2018, so well done!
In order to exceed the EU collection target of 65% in 2019 WEEE Ireland will need to work harder and collect an additional 12%. This increase is due to an increased in volumes of electrical appliances put onto the market in the past three years. (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 national achievement of 65% collection rate more difficult to reach over 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 through its network of partners collected and recycled 36,131
tonnes of WEEE from across Ireland.
Collections and Environment
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.
WEEE Ireland recycled 36,131 tonnes of WEEE in 2018 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 Report for 2018 here
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.
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 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 Dublin, Kildare, and Wicklow.