Cork remains below the national average for recycling electronic items

Cork remains below the national average for recycling electronic items

WEEE Ireland said the 2018 recycling efforts contributed to a saving of equivalent of 220,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions as compared with the same items being diverted to landfill. Picture: Sean Curtin FusionShooters.

However, at 9.96kgs per person, Cork remains below the national average of 10.2kgs.

The annual report from WEEE Ireland said Ireland had surpassed its national targets in 2018 collecting a total 36,131 tonnes of e-waste and 856 tonnes of waste batteries for recycling.

Among the items recycled were an estimated 3.2 million lamps and lightbulbs, 195,000 televisions and monitors, and 13 million small appliances. 

48% of the e-waste recycled was large household appliances such as dishwashers, ovens and washing machines, which can be returned to retailers for free recycling upon delivery of new appliances.

WEEE Ireland said the 2018 recycling efforts contributed to a saving of equivalent of 220,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions as compared with the same items being diverted to landfill. That is the equivalent of 865 million kilometres driven by passenger vehicles, or the annual carbon consumption of 4,398 hectares of trees.

The level of recycling in Cork is behind numerous other counties including Dublin, Galway, Tipperary, Mayo and Wexford.

Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland said they were proud of the national results. “While the 2018 report sets new e-waste recycling records, we cannot become complacent. We will only achieve long-term change and benefits for the environment if we continue to manage our e-waste responsibly."

"Maintaining the 65% collection rate in 2019 and beyond means WEEE Ireland must collect 12% more e-waste in the next year. Everyone can play their part in achieving this national target by recycling their WEEE, waste batteries and lighting equipment for free at their nearest Local Authority Recycling centre and participating electrical retailers.”

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