WEEE collection volumes per head of population dropped a similar amount to about 7.7 kg, continuing the decline of previous years. WEEE Ireland collected 30,400 tonnes of WEEE in 2009 and 28,500 tonnes in 2010. These volumes still exceeded the collection targets set down by the EU WEEE Directive.
According to WEEE Ireland, last year’s drop in volumes was a combination of lower demand for new appliances and more worrying, to large scale thefts from official collection points which meant that this volume of WEEE could not be counted and there was also the risk that it was not being processed in accordance with the WEEE Directive.
Collections by organisations for charities is also a problem as the collected WEEE may not be processed through official channels
WEEE which was being processed as regular metal scrap was also being lost to the official WEEE waste channels
The WEEE Ireland take back scheme received 11,700 tonnes of appliances via retailers last year. 10,300 tonnes were brought to local authority recycling centres and 3,300 tonnes was collected at special collection drives around the country.
In terms of types of WEEE collected, LDA (Large Domestic Appliances) accounted for 10,900 tonnes, which was down by 5% on 2011. The total number of LDA in units was 512,000, down by about 40,000, while fridges were down in numbers by 70,000
Disposal of TV (CRT) was up by about 50% to 315,000, due mostly to the changeover to digital TV
The European Recycling Platform (ERP) the second compliance scheme in Ireland announced a 35% increase in their TV and display monitor collection in 2012, as a direct result of the Digital Switchover
They also collected 9,100 tonnes of car batteries 2,400 tonnes of industrial batteries
WEEE Ireland is one of two compliance schemes operating in Ireland with 860 members and a 70% market share. The other compliance scheme is ERP (European Recycling Platform) The compliance schemes are regulated by geographical area and each is responsible for all domestic WEEE collected in their designated area.
WEEE Ireland and ERP are responsible for managing WEEE in the domestic sector.
Electronic Recycling operate in the Business to Business (B2B) WEEE market.
Looking after the needs of producers who do not need to register with a compliance scheme and managing the disposal of WEEE directly on behalf of companies and organisations accross Ireland
If you have responsibility for disposing of WEEE, talk to us, we take the responsibility seriously
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