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Ireland sets new electronics recycling high score

A total of 36 131 tonnes of used electronics and 856 tonnes of used batteries for recycling were collected in Ireland last year.

Among the items recycled were an estimated 3.2 million lamps and lightbulbs, reports the WEEE Ireland recycling scheme. Another 195 000 televisions and monitors as well as 13 million small appliances were recycled in 2018. Large household appliances such as washing machines made up around 48% of all e-scrap.

WEEE Ireland reached a 65% collection rate last year. As a result, it recycled the equivalent of 10.2kg of e-scrap per citizen. Also, the scheme sent 856 tonnes of used portable batteries for recycling. This represents a 58% take-back rate, which exceeds the EU’s 45% target for battery collections. 

‘It’s incredibly encouraging to see our continued progress for 2018. Ireland is again best-in-class in Europe regarding collection of electrical and electronic waste,’ says Leo Donovan, ceo of WEEE Ireland. He adds it is ‘amazing’ to see 83% of material collected be reused in manufacturing.

‘The increased rates of collection through retail outlets and at our local authority sites show that the message is hitting home on the contribution that individuals can make,’ Donovan notes. ‘However, we can’t become complacent. We will only achieve long-term change if we continue to manage our e-waste responsibly.’

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