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Over 1,400 tonnes of electrical waste collected in Wexford


over 1,400 tonnes of electrical waste was collected by WEEE Ireland in Wexford last year.

The latest figures show that over 11 electrical items per Wexford household were collected for recycling in 2015 with Wexford people recycling 13 per cent more in 2015.

An average of 10kg of electrical waste was recycled per person in Wexford in 2015, over double the original EU target of 4kg per head and 75 per cent of Wexford householders are now actively recycling their electrical and battery waste.

Over 24,000 tonnes of electrical waste came from WEEE Ireland collections days that were held throughout the county.

As a whole, Ireland sits proudly at the top of the EU table when it comes to recycling with Irish consumers recycling 60 per cent of electrical waste. WEEE Ireland collected approximately 13 million household appliances for recycling in 2015 alone. Irish retailers account for over half of the waste collected showing a significant increase documented in the 12 month period from 2014 to 2015. This means that Ireland has the highest percentage take-back through retailers in the EU.

An EU directive sets out a national collection rate of 65 per cent of waste electrical and electronic equipment by the end of 2018.