4 Ways You Can Have a Holly, Jolly (& Green!) Christmas With WEEE Ireland
December 13, 2017
Recycle for Good for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice this Christmas
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s not just the kids who are writing their lists for Santa. We’re all on the lookout for the perfect gift for our friends and loved ones – making sure we get them that laptop they’ve had their eye on or have the new TV into the house in time to catch some Christmas movies.
WEEE Ireland, Ireland’s largest electrical and battery recycling scheme, recover almost 80 percent of the materials from the household appliances they recycle to be reused again in manufacturing. In 2016 alone WEEE Ireland diverted over 34,000 tonnes of electrical waste from landfill. So, as you’re making your list and checking it twice, keep in mind these top tips to help your family give a gift to mother earth this Christmas!
Make Room in Your Home Before Santa Arrives
There’s a hoarder in all of us. 80 percent of people admit to keeping old, obsolete tech and gadgets at home, gathering dust in the corner. Why not gather up any e-waste and recycle for good? Not only will you be ensuring the materials can be recycled, but you will also be supporting WEEE Ireland’s campaign to raise funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. So, before the stockings are emptied on Christmas morning, make sure you have made some room by clearing out your waste electrical items!
Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland reminds us, “There are thousands of locations across the country where you can recycle the wide range of electrical items, lighting and battery waste generated in the home. Our interactive map on weeeireland.ie locates all the electrical retailers and civic amenity sites where householders can recycle.”
Find your nearest participating retailer or civic amenity centre at: www.weeeireland.ie
Consider finding a way to reuse your unwanted items by finding a new owner for that old TV, toy or laptop. Non-electrical items like furniture could find a new home through a local charity organisation or through www.freetrade.ie
And remember, recycling your waste batteries, lighting and small electronic waste also helps us to raise much needed funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. It’s a win-win!
Students and teachers across the country can play their part by participating in the WEEE Pledge recycling programme www.weeepledge.ie
Be Smart: Know What Can Go in Your Recycling Bin.
Presents, turkeys, mulled wine and mince pies around the tree make a happy family on Christmas day, but try as we might to reduce waste, it is inevitable. When the new year comes, don’t forget to contact your local authority to find your nearest location to drop off your Christmas tree. Most local authority sites also list the wide range of items you can recycle at their recycling centres.
The government has also recently rolled out the first ever national standard list of items that can go in the recycling bin. Reducing contamination in your recycling bin benefits everyone. You can view this definitive standard recycling list at: http://recyclinglistireland.ie/
Merry Christmas and Happy Recycling!
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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 Irelands popular WEEE Pledge campaign provides incentives and resources for schools to get involved in battery recycling www.weeepledge.ie