Kildare households are being urged to bring their e-waste to a set of free collection days to help the county meet recycling targets which have increased since the pandemic.
The events, hosted by WEEE Ireland with support from Kildare County Council, kick off on Saturday June 25 at the Tesco carpark, Celbridge from 10am-4pm, followed by the Tesco carpark, Maynooth on Saturday July 02 from 10am-4pm, and Naas Racecourse from 10am-4pm on Saturday July 09.
All household items with a plug or a battery will be accepted free of charge, including old washing machines, TVs, toasters and kettles, electronic tools and toys, cables, IT equipment, mobile phones, remote controls, and even watches.
WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan, said, “in Kildare, and across Ireland, we are buying more electrical goods than ever – with the annual tonnage on the market rising from 15kg a head in 2016 to 22kg a head last year. Shopping stats during the pandemic showed a surge in spend on new electrical devices like mobile phones, computers, small kitchen appliances and white goods. With old items still lying around many households we want to offer the opportunity to recycle these for free. People in Kildare have contributed greatly to e-waste recycling every year, and we want to encourage that trend.”
A surge in lockdown spring cleaning saw 1248 tonnes of electrical waste collected in Kildare by the country’s largest recycling scheme in 2021, despite Covid-19 and travel restrictions still in place for much of the year.
5.61kg of e-waste was recycled per person in Kildare last year – falling short of the 2020 collection rate of 5.71 and the national average of 10.86 per person.
However, the county’s e-waste target for 2022 has increased to 13kg per person, to reflect yearly increases in electrical goods consumption, accelerated by Covid-19.
Donovan continued, “94% of all material that we collect is recovered for use again in manufacturing through both indigenous operators and specialist processors in Europe. Most end-of-life products contain metals and minerals in higher concentrations than primary resources. These stock of resources are the urban mines of the future, so our recycling efforts can have a significant impact on the environment.”
In 2021, the equivalent of 231,179 tonnes of CO2 emissions were avoided by recycling e-waste through the WEEE Ireland Scheme as opposed to landfilling. That is the equivalent of the annual carbon consumption of 4,624 hectares of trees
WEEE Ireland accounts for over two thirds of all national waste electrical and electronics collection activity on behalf of 1,296 producer members.
These free events are proudly supported by Kildare County Council.
Dara Wyer, Environmental Awareness Officer for Kildare County Council, said, “recycling e-Waste is incredibly beneficial for both the environment and the economy. Together, we are diverting waste from landfill, recovering raw materials for reuse and ensuring hazardous materials are safely and responsibly disposed of. We look forward to working with WEEE Ireland and Kildare householders to hopefully recycle a record-breaking amount of electronic waste in 2022.”
Source: Kildare County Council