Appliances collected for recycling in 2017
Our 2017 report card shows our best in class approach to Irish WEEE compliance is working. 2017 was the best year to date in the history of the WEEE Ireland Compliance Scheme.
We named 2017 “The year of Small WEEE” where we set out to increase the collection of small waste appliances. In 2016 only 26% of small household appliances was collected for recycling however we have managed to increase that to 32% in 2017 and will continue with this theme throughout 2018. While we continue to provide financial and operational support to the Retail industry We’ll Take it Back progamme we recognized more advocacy was needed to collect more smaller waste devices. Our new campaigns remind everyone that “Small Things Matter” in our WEEE recycling world.
WEEE Ireland coordinates collections of waste electrical and electronic equipment via three core channels: Retailers, Civic Amenity Sites and Special Collections*. Taken together, collections from these channels totalled 35,708 tonnes in 2017. For the third year in succession there has been an increase in the weight of WEEE collected from Retailer collection points.
Small things matter for lighting
WEEE Ireland’s new Bulbbox, specifically designed for retail DIY and hardware stores, supports the brand new ‘Small Things Matter’ campaign which is reminding householders that ‘the power is in your hands’ when it comes to small WEEE and lighting recycling.
A network of dedicated bulb recycling points can be found on the interactive map at www.weeeireland.ie
Every Battery Counts for LauraLynn
Year on year, our dedicated collections teams, consistently strong awareness campaigns and an excellent network of collection points are brought together to deliver WEEE Ireland’s success story. The continued partnership with Lauralynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, has proven to be a strong motivator for the people of Ireland to recycle.
WEEE Ireland is a not for profit organisation, limited by guarantee, committed to delivering cost effective compliance on behalf of its Producer Members. The governance structures ensure that The Scheme achieves its strategic goals while meeting all relevant regulatory requirements as laid out in the WEEE and Batteries Directives and Scheme Approval.
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