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WEEE and the environment

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) has been identified as producing one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the EU. It constitutes 4% of municipal waste today and is increasing by 16% to 28% every five years – three times as fast as the growth of average municipal waste (1 million tons EEE per year).

 

In response to this the EU adopted the WEEE directive and the RoHS directive.

 

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced in january 2003.

 

The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.

 

The WEEE Directive also aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.

 

Accompanying the WEEE Directive is the Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, which restricts the use of certain toxic substances, such as lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) flame retardants, polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.

 

The directive covers a wide variety of equipment across 10 categories, including large and small household appliances, consumer goods such as TVs and hi fi equipment, as well as toys, telecommunications, computers, tools and automatic dispensers. Medical appliances and monitoring and control equipment are exempted.

 

 

 The WEEE Man is made from the amount of waste electrical and electronic products that an average UK citizen will throw away in a lifetime.

 

What can I do?

The WEEE Directive aims to minimize the amount of WEEE peolpe throw out with their general rubbish. By keeping WEEE separate from other waste it can be treated, the hazardous substances can be removed and a large amount of waste can be recycled rather than sent to landfill. You are not banned from disposing of WEEE in your bin but the WEEE Regulations have created a network of collection points for WEEE.

 

WEEE is taken back free of charge at electrical retail outlets on a one-for-one like-for-like basis.  There is a bin for small batteries in your local store.  Local authority civic amenity facilities also take back WEEE and waste batteries free of charge.  WEEE and waste battery recycling is free.

 

Here you can find a list of county take-back sites and information about your nearest recycling centre.

 

County take-back sites:
Kilkenny
Hebron Road Ind Est., Kilkenny
Tel.: 056 7762043
Contact: Pat Fitzpatrick

Cork
Monahan Road, Cork
Tel.: 021 4317195
Contact: Richard Jordan   

Dublin
77 Broomhill Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Tel.: 01 4528119
Contact: Ray Doran

Galway
Parkmore Business Park West, Ballybrit, Galway
Tel.: 091 705660
Contact: Noel Slater

You can also recycle waste batteries and household WEEE at your local recycling centre. Details of their nearest centre can be found at www.recyclefree.ie.

 

 

We care about the environment - for a cleaner future

All our products are committed to conform with the European RoHS directive, since July 2006.  

 

 

For more information on WEEE and recycling visit these websites:

European Commission - Environment

WEEE Forum

WEEE Man