Remember: Recycling is More Than Large Appliances, #SmallThingsMatter Too
Making the most of the green and sunny summer? On August 22nd, WEEE Ireland, Ireland’s largest electrical and battery recycling scheme, is giving householders in Galway the chance to keep it “green”, with a FREE collection event to make it easy for householders to clear out the waste electrical items in their homes, sending them for recycling and recovery.
A WEEE Ireland collection day will be taking place at the following location free of charge on the following date:
* Wednesday 22nd August: NUI Galway, Orbsen Building Car Park (Use Newcastle Road Entrance, beside the Kingfisher ), 8am - 5pm
Whether you need to return a lightbulb, hairdryer, washing machine or dishwasher, anything with a plug or battery will be accepted free of charge at a collection event for recycling. Can’t make the event? Householders are reminded that there are plenty of locations to recycle e-waste free. Visit the interactive map on www.weeeireland.ie to find your nearest participating retailers and recycling centres.
Remember that it’s not just the big appliances that count, #SmallThingsMatter too. Incredibly, almost 12,000,000 small appliances were recycled in WEEE Ireland’s contractor recycling plant in Offaly in 2017. Last year also saw a new national record of 35,708 tonnes of e-waste recycled across the country. It was furthermore a proud moment for the people of Galway, as the county saw a brilliant 10kg of e-waste recycled per head of population – this is both a new county record, and the highest total for any county in Ireland.
Together, WEEE can do even better in 2018! WEEE Ireland urges all householders to return waste batteries, lighting equipment or small electrical waste for recycling at participating retailers or local authority recycling centres.
Finally, don’t forget that keeping your Summer clean green is a job for all the family. Children can get involved by returning their waste batteries in school through WEEE Ireland’s popular WEEE Pledge campaign – www.weeepledge.ie – while anyone can drop off batteries in big blue battery recycling boxes in shops in Galway and across the country.
For further information and media enquiries, contact:
James Ringland [email protected] / 086 142 8977
About WEEE Ireland
WEEE Ireland (Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment ) is a not for profit organisation, founded by Producers of electrical and electronic appliances to help them comply with the legal obligations imposed by the EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EC and WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU. WEEE Ireland manages the collection of household WEEE, lighting equipment and batteries from authorised collection points for recycling, on behalf of its Producer members. WEEE Ireland’s objective is to provide cost effective compliance for Producers to meet the requirements of the Regulations whilst minimising the cost to the consumer. WEEE Ireland supports indigenous recycling facilities with 5 WEEELABEX certified partners: KMK Metals Recycling Tullamore, Irish Lamp Recycling Athy, Recycling Village Duleek, Tech Rec Fridge recycling in Northern Ireland and Wistek in Galway.
All small electrical waste is recycled at our operator’s state of the art facilities in Ireland, recovering resources for use again in manufacturing. All other waste appliances and batteries collected by WEEE Ireland are prepared for recycling in Ireland with final processing carried out at specialist plants in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. www.weeeireland.ie For an interactive map to find your nearest participating retailer or local authority recycling centre and to find out more about what you can recycle, visit www.smallthingsmatter.ie