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New WEEE facility inaugurated in Ireland

Ireland – Rehab Recycle – part of Rehab Enterprises, the commercial division of the Rehab Group – has opened a new recycling facility at Ballymount in Ireland with a capacity to process annually some 10 000 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

The facility will recycle a range of WEEE products from business and public amenity sites nationwide – from large items such as washing machines and microwaves to smaller devices such as remote controls and electric toothbrushes.
Speaking at the recent official opening ceremony, Rehab Recycle’s General Manager Martin Reddy said: ‘The opening of this facility illustrates the expanding range of recycling services that we now offer. Prior to the EU Directive on WEEE which was introduced in 2005, most electrical waste ended up in landfill sites, at considerable cost to the environment. We have the facility to safely handle electrical waste in compliance with waste legislation. The waste is separated into various components before it is moved on for further recycling.’
The Ballymount facility was formerly home to glass recycling operations. Rehab Recycle also has plants in Tallaght, Galway and Cork, as well as in Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Every year in Ireland, an average of 9 kg of WEEE is recycled per head of population, exceeding the European average by 3.5 kg.

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