Ireland doubles e-waste targets

New figures have revealed that Ireland more than doubled its EU electronic recycling target in 2007.

More than 100,000 electrical items were collected by WEEE Ireland in 2007

More than 100,000 electrical items were collected by WEEE Ireland in 2007

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Ireland has said it collected almost nine kilograms of WEEE per person in its area during the year.

The figure is more than double the EU target set for Ireland in 2008 of four kilograms per person.

Leo Donovan, chief executive of WEEE Ireland, said: "WEEE Ireland would like to thank consumers for bringing back their old washing machines, cookers, computers, televisions and all other e-waste for recycling in 2007 and helping us achieve the 9kg figure for last year."

During 2007 the firm reported 28,000 tonnes of e-waste, or more than 100,000 items, collected.

Seventy seven per cent was initially processed in Ireland with the remainder going to WEEE treatment plants in the UK and Europe.

WEEE Ireland is the largest national compliance scheme for electrical recycling in Ireland and was founded in 2005.

It organises the processing and recycling WEEE on behalf of its members, covering 80% of the geographical area of the Republic of Ireland.



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