Saturday September 24 from 10am-4pm at The Mart, Fairgreen Road, Ballymote
Sligo householders urged to avail of free e-waste recycling event
Sligo householders are being urged to bring their electrical and electronic waste to a free collection day to help the county meet recycling targets which have increased since the first lockdown in 2020.
The event, hosted by WEEE Ireland with support from Sligo County Council, takes place on Saturday September 24 from 10am-4pm at The Mart, Fairgreen Road, Ballymote.
All household items with a plug or a battery will be accepted free of charge, including old washing machines, TVs, toasters and kettles, electronic tools and toys, cables, IT equipment, mobile phones, remote controls, and even watches.
“In Sligo, and across Ireland, we are buying more electrical goods than ever – with the annual tonnage on the market rising from 15kg a head in 2016 to 22kg a head last year,”
said WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan.
“Shopping stats during the pandemic showed a surge in spend on new electrical devices like mobile phones, computers, small kitchen appliances and white goods.
“With old items still lying around many households we want to offer the opportunity to recycle these for free.
“People in Sligo have contributed greatly to e-waste recycling every year, and we want to encourage that trend.”
A surge in lockdown spring cleaning saw 641 tonnes of electrical waste collected in Sligo by the country’s largest recycling scheme in 2021, despite Covid-19 and travel restrictions still in place for much of the year.
9.79kg of e-waste was recycled per person in Sligo last year – exceeding the 2020 collection rate of 8.66kg but falling short of the national average of 10.86kg per person.
However, the county’s e-waste target for 2022 has increased to 13kg per person, to reflect yearly increases in electrical goods consumption, accelerated by Covid-19.
“82% of all material that we collect is recovered for use again in manufacturing through both indigenous operators and specialist processors in Europe,”
said Mr. Donovan.
“Most end-of-life products contain metals and minerals in higher concentrations than primary resources.
“These stocks of resources are the urban mines of the future, so our recycling efforts can have a significant impact on the environment.”
In 2021,the equivalent of 231,179 tonnes of CO2 emissions were avoided by recycling e-waste through the WEEE Ireland Scheme as opposed to landfilling. That is the equivalent of the annual carbon consumption of 4,624 hectares of trees
WEEE Ireland accounts for over two thirds of all national waste electrical and electronics collection activity on behalf of 1,296 producer members.
These free events are proudly supported by Sligo County Council.
“Recycling e-Waste is incredibly beneficial for both the environment and the economy,”
said Pete Murtagh, Environment Section, Sligo County Council.
“Together, we are diverting waste from landfill, recovering raw materials for reuse and ensuring hazardous materials are safely and responsibly disposed of.
“We look forward to working with WEEE Ireland and Sligo householders to hopefully recycle a record-breaking amount of electronic waste in 2022.”