Record level of elec­tri­cal waste and bat­ter­ies was re­cy­cled last year

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A record level of elec­tri­cal and bat­tery waste was re­cy­cled in Wick­low last year.

The lat­est fig­ures from WEEE Ire­land shows that 9kg of e-waste was col­lected per head of pop­u­la­tion in Wick­low which is a new county record.

The an­nual re­port re­vealed that WEEE Ire­land re­cy­cled 35,708 tonnes of e-waste and 874 tonnes of waste bat­ter­ies from Ir­ish house­hold­ers, con­sumers and busi­nesses last year.

It is a new record for WEEE Ire­land to achieve an av­er­age col­lec­tion rate sur­pass­ing 10kg of e-waste per head of the pop­u­la­tion.

Wick­low has again proven it­self to be a na­tional leader, with a col­lec­tion rate of 9kg per per­son. This is a new record for Wick­low and rep­re­sents an in­crease on re­cent years, ris­ing from 8.1kg per per­son in 2015.

Among the items re­cy­cled were and es­ti­mated 3.2 mil­lion lamps and light­bulbs, 195,000 tele­vi­sions and mon­i­tors and al­most 12 mil­lion small ap­pli­ances. Forty-eight per cent of all e-waste re­cy­cled was large ap­pli­ances such as dish­wash­ers, ovens and wash­ing ma­chines which can be re­turned to re­tail­ers for recycling on de­liv­ery of new ap­pli­ances.

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