The EPA produces national statistics on waste generation and management to meet legislative reporting obligations and inform national policy development.

This release reports information on the collection and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Ireland in 2014.

WEEE is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU. An estimated 12 million tonnes of WEEE will arise per annum by 2020. There is high potential for reuse of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and recovery of WEEE. There are many valuable materials in WEEE (metal, plastic, glass, rare metals) which need to be recycled rather than disposed.

Figure 1. WEEE collected, recovered and reused & recycled, 2008 to 2014

Table 1. Ireland’s recovery and reuse recycling rates compared to EU targets, 2014

Categories EU recovery rate target Ireland’s recovery rate EU reuse & recycling rate target Ireland’s reuse and recycling rate
1 Large household appliances 80% 83% 75% 83%
2 Small household appliances 70% 88% 50% 81%
3 IT and telecommunications equipment 75% 95% 65% 89%
4 Consumer equipment 75% 86% 65% 83%
5 Lighting equipment 70% 89% 50% 89%
5a Gas discharge lamps N/A 88% 80% 88%
6 Electrical and electronic tools 70% 91% 50% 83%
7 Toys, leisure and sports equipment 70% 93% 50% 85%
8 Medical devices 70% 92% 50% 84%
9 Monitor and control instruments 70% 92% 50% 85%
10 Automatic dispensers 80% 87% 75% 85%

 

View EPA – WEEE Statistics for Ireland 2014 

WEEE Statistics 2014 data tables and figures

Eurostat – Waste Statistics  – electrical and electronic equipment

 

Source: EPA 

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