Recycle five electrical items, urged residents of Wicklow


Wicklow families are challenged to find and recycle five end-of-life electrical items in an effort to improve our recycling performance, after consumption soared last year.

he country’s largest e-waste recycling program, WEEE Ireland, is urging residents of Wicklow to become electronic sleuths by October and track electrical cables around their homes to identify irreparable devices.

Smartphones are expected to feature high on the results list – EU data shows they are the most unused and accumulated electrical devices lying around Irish homes.

The ‘Follow Your Lead’ campaign aims to increase the supply of electrical waste recycling at local authority sites and retailer collection points in order to meet Ireland’s growing recycling targets.

An increase in lockdown spring cleaning saw 1,255 tons of electrical waste collected in Wicklow by the nation’s largest recycling program in 2020, despite Covid-19 and travel restrictions.

Last year, 8.8 kg of e-waste was recycled per person in County Wicklow, which is below the collection rate of 8.9 kg in 2019 and the national average of 10.9 kg per person. nobody in 2020.

To encourage recycling in the county, WEEE Ireland urges families to use the free recycling facilities available at the Arklow, Avoca and Bray recycling centers, as well as the Rampere recycling center in Baltinglass and the Murrough recycling center in the town. from Wicklow.

According to WEEE Ireland, Irish homes contain an average of 15-20 broken or unused electrical appliances.

And new data from the EU shows that each person is responsible on average for 5 kg of accumulated electrical waste, which means 15-20 kg of old and broken appliances are waiting to be recycled in most households.

“When you add it, 5kg equates to a kettle, a laptop that won’t turn on, an irreparable smartphone, a small unplayable gaming device and that kitchen blender in the back of the cupboard that hasn’t worked since. years, ”said Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland.

“To mark International E-Waste Day in October, we challenge families to find at least five items and free up these precious resources for reuse in manufacturing, saving on the environmental impacts of extracting raw materials. .

“Being more resource efficient with e-waste through recycling is a simple but sustainable way to support a more circular economy in Ireland.

“We ask the people of Wicklow to keep track of the wires and plugs of these defunct devices which are in closets, attics, sheds, under beds and stairs, as the components and resources contained in this equipment could be best used.

“By turning this into a family challenge, everyone can have fun while taking positive environmental action. “

As a nation, we are consuming more electrical products than ever before.

Almost 60 million household appliances, technological devices and lighting equipment were placed on the Irish market in 2020.

“If more people recycle the devices and devices accumulated through authorized WEEE systems, we will be in a much better position to meet these goals and recover this distinct urban mine of materials rather than sending it to landfill,” said Mr. Donovan.

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