November 24, 2017

We’re all on the lookout for a bargain at this time of year with Christmas just around the corner. The shopping extravaganza Black Friday is taking place today, with  shoppers hitting stores in a frenzied search for the latest gadget, appliance and trend this year.

While you’re planning how to get your hands on that new laptop or TV the kids have been nagging you about, or finally replacing your microwave and fridge by taking advantage of some of the deals on offer – it’s important to know what to do with the old equipment that you are replacing.

WEEE Ireland, Ireland’s largest electrical and battery recycling scheme have some top tips for how you can show your green side this Black Friday.

Black Friday… Cyber Monday… Clear-Out Tuesday?

There’s a hoarder in all of us. 80 percent of us admit to keeping old, obsolete tech and gadgets at home, gathering dust in the corner when the latest trend arrives on the scene. After you stock up on Black Friday and get a final deal across the line on Cyber Monday, why not have a Clear-Out Tuesday to make some room before Christmas!


While we are all more aware of what we put in our food waste and recycling bins, many are still unsure when it comes to the wide range of electrical items, lighting and battery waste generated in the home. Can we recycle them? Yes! And there are thousands of collection points all around the country where you can recycle electrical, battery and lighting waste free.

Hitting the high street? Bring your old products with you!

If you’re hitting the shops, then recycle as you go! There are plenty of electrical retailers across the country that will take back your unwanted gadgets or appliances for recycling, all completely free of charge. Find your nearest participating retailer at


You need to do a bigger clear-out? WEEE’ve still got you covered

Anything with a plug or battery can be recycled free at your local civic recycling centres. Most centres accept a wide range of products besides e-waste, from aerosols to paint cans, so check with your local authority on what else can be recycled and don’t hold back! Group the waste in different types to make your trip easier, and as some might be chargeable at the gate and you will want to show the staff what you have. Don’t forget that electronic toys, broken smoke alarms, remote controls, power tools and larger appliances are all considered e-waste and can be recycled free.

Find your nearest civic amenity recycling centre at

Take this chance to do your bit for Charity

WEEE Ireland recover almost 80 percent of the materials used in household appliances to be reused again in manufacturing, and kept out of landfill. But that’s not the only way you can put your unwanted items to good use. Consider finding a new owner for that old TV, toy or laptop. And remember, recycling your batteries, lighting and small electronic waste through a WEEE Ireland partner helps us to raise much needed funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.

Happy Shopping!

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