794 tonnes of electrical waste collected in Roscommon

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An average of 12.3kgs of e-waste was recycled per person in Roscommon last year according to figures released by WEEE Ireland.

This is just outside the county’s 2020 collection rate of 12.8kg but higher than the national average of 10.9kg per person. A total of 794 tonnes of electrical waste were collected in Roscommon in 2021 by the country’s largest recycling scheme.

“People in Roscommon have contributed greatly to e-waste recycling every year, and we want to encourage that trend,” said WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan.

“One of the key habits consumers are encouraged to embrace is to stop hoarding end-of-life electronic goods – estimated at 4-5kg of e-waste per person.

“So many of these appliances and devices can be repaired, re-used or re-gifted, but if they cannot, make sure you recycle them for free”.

Mr. Donovan said consumption levels are only going in one directions with an average of 12 household electrical products sold for every person in Ireland in 2021.

“It is now more important than ever to rescue e-waste after consumption of new electrical devices such as mobile phones, computers, small kitchen appliances and white goods soared during the pandemic,” he said.

“After the safe removal of hazardous elements, 82 per cent 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”.

As part of the WEEE programme, 127,000 fridges and 205,000 TVs and monitors were recovered, as well as over 2.3 million lightbulbs in a total takeback of 38,464 tonnes  or 57 per cent of the average goods sold over a three-year period.

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.