Monday 22 January 2018

Irish households recycling twice the EU average

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

IRISH households are recycling twice the EU average of electrical waste. New figures show that 8kg per person of old fridges, irons and batteries were sent for proper disposal last year, twice the EU target.

And the electrical waste includes almost 70,000 fridges, 2.6 million lamps and more than half a million large household appliances.

In all, some 25,252 tonnes of waste was disposed of last year.  Since 2005 WEEE Ireland (Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment) has diverted 170,217 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Chief executive Leo Donovan said up to 40pc of all waste was being recycled, and the not-for-profit company was on track to reach a 65pc target by 2019.

But he warned that some waste, particularly batteries, was being sent to landfill where it could leak and cause environmental damage.

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