Friday 17 November 2017

Clean-up completed for islands

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

ELECTRICAL rubbish built up over 50 years has been successfully removed from Ireland's islands.

Over the space of four years, a startling 170 tonnes of rubbish has been collected by the recycling agency Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) as part of a campaign to ensure islanders enjoy the same waste disposal options as their mainland neighbours -- and to preserve pristine island environments.

Since 2007, a total of 44 special collections have been staged on islands stretching from Donegal to Galway and Cork. The last collection planned for 2011 was staged last week in Bere Island -- and WEEE collections manager Conor Leonard said they now believe they have finally tackled the historic build-up of electrical waste.

Some cookers and washing machines recovered date back over 40 years. Because of their inability to get rid of them, islanders stored old electrical items in sheds, garages and even back gardens.

Irish Independent

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