EPA: Recycling Small WEEE A Community Based Approach

The EPA report “A Community-based Social Marketing Approach for Increased Participation in WEEE Recycling (ColectWEEE)” addresses the issue of how to get Small WEEE back into the recycling system.
Authors: Katherine Casey, Maria Lichrou and Colin Fitzpatrick”

The following is a brief outline of the report:
Ireland is currently meeting the targets set by Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
( WEEE ) Directives (2002/95/EC and 2012/19/EU).

However, reaching the collection targets is predominantly in the categories of large household appliances and fridges/freezers. Collection rates for Small WEEE are less successful by comparison as people tend to hoard obsolete and broken small WEEE at home.

Small WEEE
The EPA Research reveals that, for consumers, small Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) exists in a fluid, in-between state of meaning and perceived value, from the time it enters the person’s life until its disposal and becomes small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment ( Small WEEE )

Small WEEE disposal typically undergoes a series of decisions. Once an item is no longer used it tends to be either consciously stored or abandoned in the home. A trigger prompts consumers to dispose of the item and a decision is made to either recycle or place it in their general waste bin

“The story of stuff”,  taken from the report, has a number of interesting stories of  people who contributed to the research and how they dealt with their no longer used Small WEEE and accessories and cables.

The cost of recycling is covered by the WEEE Ireland Producer Compliance Scheme.
All Domestic WEEE, whether large or small, (If it plugs in or has a battery we can recycle it), can be dropped off at our facility at Jamestown Road, Finglas at no cost to the consumer. We also accept any type of batteries from households

The full EPA report,
Authors: Katherine Casey, Maria Lichrou and Colin Fitzpatrick

Posted in: Environment, WEEE

President Trump, Brexit and the Environment



Hopefully the latest shift of power in the USA, combined with the recent Brexit vote to leave the EU, who define most of our environmental policies, will not reverse the drive towards a permanently sustainable environment for all.

What’s the point of a successful economy if the environment we have to live in is a sewer?


Ireland has been making some progress but the latest report from the EPA shows that there is much still to do  

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive of 2005 (re-cast in 2012) is an example of how environmental legislation can drive the management of waste in a more sustainable direction.

Even with the WEEE Directive in full force, we still only manage to collect and treat about 35% of the 10 million Tonnes of waste electronics generated in the EU every year.

The Paris COP21 signed by 197 countries this year (so far ratified by 103 countries) is an example of environmental policies that can only be agreed if the global community are on board, especially the larger and more affluent countries. The COP21 is the first such agreement that the USA has ever signed up to.

Electronic Recycling are actively involved in collecting and managing WEEE in Ireland, committed to being part of the solution of the EU target to collect and treat 65% of all electronic equipment placed on the market.