Every Kilkenny resident recycles over 9kg of electrical waste: new figures
Kilkenny people recycled close to 1,000 tonnes of electrical waste last year despite the issues arising from lockdown.
The figures were revealed by WEEE (Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment), a not-for-profit organisation founded by producers of electrical and electronic appliances to safely recycle waste devices.
WEEE found a surge in lockdown cleaning saw some 938 tonnes of electrical waste collected in Kilkenny in 2020, despite Covid and travel restrictions.
This equates to 9.4kg of e-waste recycled per person in the county last year, far exceeding the 2019 collection rate of 8.6kg.
WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan (pictured) said: “In Kilkenny, and across Ireland, we are consuming more electrical goods than ever – with the annual tonnage on the market rising from 15kg a head in 2016 to 21kg a head last year.
“This rise makes meeting the annual EU WEEE Directive target even harder, despite achieving record recycling levels, as it equates to the percentage of goods sold.
“WEEE Ireland has been a huge educator in the areas of reuse and repair, alongside the electrical producers, partnering with new initiatives like Repair My Stuff.ie and My Waste.ie,” Mr Donovan added.