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Wednesday 20 September 2017

We're holding on to 110 old batteries each

IRISH households are holding on to an average of 110 spent batteries each despite recycling facilities being widely available.

WEEE Ireland, which collected almost 26,000 tonnes of electrical waste last year, said that one in 10 of us hold on to old items, including irons, microwaves and lamps for no good reason.

Chief executive Leo Donovan said: "While we are doing well, we also need to be mindful of the waste electrical and electronic equipment and batteries that get placed in general bins each year which can result in hazardous leakage.

"With 10pc of people hoarding e-waste, and an average of 110 batteries in every house, there is plenty of scope to improve recycling rates.."

Irish Independent

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