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05.02.13 - WEEE Recycling Days for Electrical Items and Batteries

WEEE Recycling Days for Electrical Items and Batteries

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is anything that has a plug or a battery and is at the end of its useful life.


WEEE Ireland organises and promotes public collection events of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries. Any household item with a plug or battery will be accepted at these collection events – from large items such as fridges, dishwashers and tumble-dryers, to small household items such as remote controls, electric toothbrushes and everything in between. All waste batteries will be accepted free of charge, including AA and AAA batteries, torch batteries, watch batteries, car batteries and electric fence batteries.


The Producer Rec ycling Fund (PRF) is used to fund the collection and recycling of WEEE. You may notice the charge on your receipt when buying a new electrical product. The electrical retailer will take back your old appliance, or old WEEE can be taken to a Civic Amenity Site.


The WEEE you recycle is broken up into materials such as plastics, metals and glass that are used to make new products. For example, recycled metals are used in the steel industry for the bodywork of cars and containers.
Over the last 10 years, the amount of WEEE in Europe has grown at a staggering pace with consumers using more and more electronics in their day-to-day lives.


WEEE Ireland has collected over 6,400 Tonnes of electrical equipment from special events since 2007 – almost the same weight as the Eiffel Tower!!


These days are promoted through local schools, local press and radio and again it's free for the general public to bring any batteries or household item with a plug or a battery for recycling. They are a great chance for a clear-out of the garage or attic.


When not disposed of properly, WEEE can be very harmful to human health. For example, TVs can contain lead which can be toxic to kidneys and nervous and reproductive systems, and could inhibit the mental development of young children and foetuses if people are exposed to them after they have been improperly disposed of at the end of their lives.


Even items as small as batteries can be dangerous if they are not disposed of correctly. Some batteries contain potentially hazardous materials that, if not properly disposed of could seriously damage both the environment and human health through leakage.


Such electrical items as Fridges and Freezers contain many gases such as CFC, HCFC and HFC that can be extremely harmful to the planet. Recycling your old fridge, freezer etc is one way of contributing to the fight against climate change as it helps to stop the emission of these greenhouse gases that damage the Ozone Layer and encourage global warming.
What's more, the amount of room left in landfills across Ireland is steadily decreasing. There simply isn't room for electrical items to be thrown into them anymore.


Recycling reduces our dependence on depleting natural resources as Electrical and Electronic Equipment and batteries contain metals, plastics and even glass that can be used again if recovered properly through recycling. Recycling is an important part of creating a sustainable world as it benefits society, the environment and makes economic sense by creating jobs. Before the WEEE Regulations 2005 much of the WEEE in Ireland ended up in landfills.


For a full list of WEEE collection points in coming weeks, visit the website: http://recyclefree.ie/publiccollection.html


WEEE Ireland is a not for profit organisation, founded by producers of electrical and electronic appliances in order to comply with the legal obligations imposed by the WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC.


WEEE Ireland will organise for the treatment and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment and batteries and accumulators from authorised collection points, on behalf of its Producer members.


As a thank you for responsibly recycling your waste, WEEE Ireland will be giving away free fridge magnets, keyrings and battery recycling boxes to everyone who recycles their electrical waste and waste batteries at the public collection days.

Download Document:
Irish Language EPA Waste Prevention Form 2015