THE average person in Kildare recycled a “record breaking” 5.2kg of electrical waste and electronic equipment last year.
It was the highest volume of waste electrical and electronic equipment collected in Kildare to date, representing an increase of 12% from 2015, according to WEEE’s annual report.
WEEE is Ireland’s largest electrical and battery recycling scheme.
Nationally, Irish consumers recycled 34,482 tonnes of waste electrical equipment in 2016 – the equivalent of approximately 15 million household appliances or almost 10kg per person.
Some 49% of this waste was large household appliances; 15% was fridges or freezers and 12% was television sets.
The remaining 24% was IT equipment, monitors, lamps, luminaries, consumer equipment and electrical tools.
812 tonnes of waste portable batteries were collected by WEEE Ireland for recycling, equalling approximately 32 million waste batteries.
Ireland reached and surpassed its EU battery recycling target of 45% by the end of 2016.
For WEEE Ireland, 2016 was the “year of the battery” seeing a total of 812 tonnes of batteries collected, which is the equivalent of 32 million AA batteries.
WEEE Ireland are asking the people of Kildare to continue their efforts in 2017 by recycling at their local Civic Amenity Site at Kilcullen or leaving it with one of their local retailers – McCarthy’s Prosperous Naas, DID Newbridge, Currys PC World Naas, or Expert Naas.
Speaking of record breaking success of 2016, Leo Donovan CEO of WEEE Ireland, said: “The collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment in Ireland has gone from strength to strength.
“The figures speak for themselves and reflect the tremendous effort from all the team here in WEEE Ireland.”
He admits there is still work to be done, particularly on raising awareness of small WEEE recycling.
The report shows that 11% of people admit they put small WEEE in with their general waste, and 80% of people admit to hoarding waste and obsolete IT gadgets at home.