WEEE Ireland Urges a Responsible Approach to Waste Disposal amidst Reports of Widespread Organised Illegal Dumping

Interpol this week revealed that their ‘30 Days of Action’ campaign in June led to more than 1.5 million tonnes of illegal waste, much of which was electronic, being seized as part of a global clampdown on waste trafficking. This activity poses serious threats to our environment as well as to human health.

In light of increasing instances of illegal waste trafficking and dumping, WEEE Ireland is keen to remind people of the ease in which their electronic goods can be recycled for free. Household appliances and electronic waste can be recycled free at local authority recycling centres, through electrical retailers and through dedicated collection days within communities in association with Local Authorities.

WEEE Ireland operates under approval from The Minister for Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Waste collected via the authorised collection channels is fully traceable and is recycled to the highest EU standards. In 2016 alone WEEE Ireland collected 34,482 tonnes of electrical waste for recycling.

Commenting on the recent Interpol reports, Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland said, “This Interpol report, although doesn’t specify that material came from Ireland, it does confirm what we suspected was happening to some electronic waste. We would encourage the public to only use authorised collection points to recycle their electronic waste for free – these are local authority recycling centres, electronic retail stores or at WEEE Ireland/Local Authority collection events. Authorised sites are can be found on our map at weeeireland.ie Our priority is to build on the Irish successes in e-waste recycling over the last years, and to achieve the 65% take back target of electronic products for recycling by the end of 2018.”

Source: WEEE Ireland