Mayo families urged to recycle electrical waste for free

Monday, 11th February, 2019 3:15pm

Mayo families urged to recycle electrical waste for free

WITH January behind us and spring around the corner, WEEE Ireland is encouraging Mayo families to recycle their old electrical and electronic waste at the county’s first collection events of the year.

From fridges to phones, laptops to lawnmowers, toys to power tools and everything in between, WEEE Ireland will take them off your hands this February

The first Mayo events of the year will be taking place at the following locations, completely free of charge:

•Claremorris: Saturday, 16 February, 10am – 4pm, Market Square Car Park

•Ballyhaunis: Saturday 23 February, 10am – 4pm, Knox Street Car Park

WEEE is end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment - anything with a plug or a battery!

WEEE can range from old or broken fridge-freezers, washing machines, TVs, toasters and kettles, electronic tools and children’s toys, to smaller items such as mobile phones, cables, remote controls and even watches.

In 2018, WEEE Ireland collected over 35,000kg of e-waste on behalf of Irish householders.

That’s over 15 million old and broken appliances of all sizes diverted from landfill by Ireland’s free, national takeback scheme.

This included enough TVs and monitors to fill the Aviva Stadium four times over! However, with new higher Irish targets kicking in from 1 January 2019, there’s even more to do this year. Even more reason for householders than ever to get out, get green, and get recycling.

Recycling electrical, battery and lighting waste at authorised collection points benefits the environment, allowing plastics, metals and glass to be recovered for manufacturing and ensuring hazardous waste is disposed of safely.

All household items with a plug or a battery can be dropped off at a WEEE Ireland collection event and accepted free of charge.

Participating householders will also be supporting LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, with WEEE Ireland contributing to the charity as part of the ‘Small Things Matter’ campaign.

Can’t make it? There are a choice of locations in your local area where you can recycle the wide range of electrical, lighting and battery waste generated in the home for free and with no purchase necessary.

Visit WEEE Ireland's interactive map at https://www.weeeireland.ie/household-recycling/where-can-i-recycle/ to find your nearest participating retailer or civic amenity centres.

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