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

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