Ireland's first WEEE 'rehab' centre opens its doors
Ireland's first dedicated electrical reuse facility has opened, which will have the capacity to process 10,000 tonnes of WEEE a year.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan officially opened the Rehab Recycle Reuse centre of excellence yesterday (November 21) in Tallagt. He said: "Schools, charities, community groups and start-up enterprises using a PC professionally refurbished by Rehab Recycle will enjoy at least three or four years of productive use.
"This effectively doubles the life of a PC, in effect halving its environmental footprint while making a significant difference in someone's world."
Ireland is currently leading the way in Europe recycling an average of 9kg of WEEE per head of population - 3.5kg above the European average. If just 5% of Ireland's WEEE was reused, 320,000 items of electrical equipment would re-enter the second life market.