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E-waste Recycling June 22, 2023 02:00:57 PM

Over 2,000 Tonnes of Electrical Waste Recycled in Midlands Last Year

Paul Ploumis
ScrapMonster Author
According to WEEE, consumers across the country recycled a total of 40,804 tonnes of e-waste.

Over 2,000 Tonnes of Electrical Waste Recycled in Midlands Last Year

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Over 2,100 tonnes of electrical waste was recycled in the midlands last year. 

A report of WEEE consumers shows that most of the recycling took place in Westmeath, with 908 tonnes recycled.

Laois and Offaly recycled 532 tonnes and 707 tonnes respectively.

No midlands county was reported as reaching the average amount of 10kg recycled per person.

According to WEEE, consumers across the country recycled a total of 40,804 tonnes of e-waste.

WEEE Ireland CEO, Leo Donovan said:

“Old and broken electronics and appliances are a rich source of essential critical raw materials, so it is vital that households recycle the millions of broken and perfectly recyclable electrical items that are accumulating in their homes or being improperly disposed of,”

“Recent global events and the energy crisis have underscored the vulnerabilities of relying on other countries for critical raw materials.
“The EU currently imports 93% of its magnesium and 86% of its rare earth metals from China. We need secure and sustainable sources of these materials within the EU or we risk jeopardising the supply of vital technologies required for our future green and digital transitions.”
“As the world embraces a more sustainable future and shifts away from fossil fuels, the demand for lithium alone, a vital component in batteries that power every day technology and devices, is projected to increase twelve-fold by 2030.

"To address these challenges, the EU aims to ensure that by 2030, at least 15% of the critical raw materials consumed annually originate from recycled sources under the forthcoming Critical Raw Materials Act.”

Mr O' Donovan added:

“Our collaboration with KMK Metals Recycling in the midlands has been instrumental in processing e-waste to the highest European standards and ensuring its recycling into secondary critical and strategic materials,” 

"Last year, we got more out of these recovered items than ever before.
“We have developed a national recycling and material recovery infrastructure that provides a local solution to a global challenge and contributes significantly to the circular economy.”
The annual report shows 52% of electrical waste was collected from retailer sites in 2022, 24% from local public collection days, but only 24% from local authority sites, which is significantly lower than the 60% average in other European countries.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is to recycle your e-waste through authorised recycling centres to ensure the safe and efficient recovery and reuse of materials,” 
 “Recycling centres and retailers are easily accessible to everyone, along with public collection days that we hold in different counties each week.”

 Courtesy: www.midlands103.com

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