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Amount Of EWaste Recycled In Wicklow During 2023 Falls Below National Average

An average of 7.42kg of e-waste was recycled per person in Wicklow last year, falling below the 9.51kg average collected last year, new figures reveal.

An average of 7.42kg of e-waste was recycled per person in Wicklow last year, falling below the 9.51kg average collected last year, new figures reveal.

Figures from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Ireland’s annual report, which covers the 20 counties in which it operates, show that approximately 18.1 million appliances were collected for recycling in 2023 – exceeding all European norms. 
 

1,157 tonnes of electrical waste were collected in Wicklow last year by WEEE Ireland, contributing to the record-breaking 41,730 tonnes of electronic and electrical waste recycled last year.  

When compared to 2022, consumers across Ireland recycled the equivalent of 200 forty-foot containers more than the previous year.

With Wicklow people’s e-waste recycling below the average, WEEE Ireland’s CEO Leo Donovan warns we need to recycle more critical raw materials as Ireland’s population grows – and so too does our consumption of new appliances.

“Most householders in Wicklow have a hidden treasure trove of broken, unused or unwanted electrical equipment in their homes,” said Leo Donovan. “They alone hold the key to recycling them, giving them a new lease of life so we can recover the critical raw materials they contain.”

The e-waste haul saved from landfill in 2023, up from the 40,767 tonnes collected in 2022, includes two million lighting items, a quarter of a million TVs and over half a million large household appliances, including fridge freezers. 
 

 

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