Mr. John Gormley TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage
and Local Government has announced further progress in the
performance of the WEEE recycling scheme since it into effect
on 13 August 2005.
“This is demonstrated in the collection of 8.7 Kgs of household
WEEE for recycling in 2007 - over double the 4 Kgs target
the WEEE Directive requires Ireland to achieve by the end
of this year” - he said, adding that - “37,812 tonnes of household
WEEE was collected during 2007 - a 20% increase over the 2006
The Minister was speaking when welcoming reductions in Environmental
Management Costs (EMCs), announced by the WEEE Register Society
Ltd. following its recent review of EMCs (Click
Here). As a result of the review, EMCs will no longer
be applied to smaller electrical items, including energy efficient
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs).
Welcoming the removal of the 50c EMC on CFLs, the Minister
stated that he expected to see producer’s reduced input costs
being passed on to the consumer. “I would see a reduction
in prices, offering consumers an additional incentive to purchase
CFLs and play their part in reducing Ireland’s carbon emissions”
- he said.
EMCs will only apply to large electrical goods - such as
washing machines and dishwashers - and problematical appliances
- such as fridges, televisions, fluorescent tubes and gas
discharge lamps, which are particularly expensive to recycle.
The changes came into effect from Sunday, 1st June,
on account of further reductions in recycling costs due to
improved economies of scale and indigenous investment in WEEE
recycling facilities. The indigenous investment in WEEE recycling
facilities is a direct consequence of the stable regulatory
environment following implementation of the WEEE Directive.
Minister Gormley also welcomed the improved collection rates
for small WEEE items, which accounted for 24% of all household
WEEE collected during 2007 - up from 18% in 2006. This, however,
is short of the proportion of small WEEE items collected in
other member states.
“It clear that not enough small items of WEEE are being recycled”
- the Minister said. “All WEEE is hazardous - and none, no
matter how small, whether it is DVD players, electronic games,
watches or electric toothbrushes, should be placed in the
“Local authorities are required to take back all household
WEEE deposited at their collection points free of charge and
retailers must inform their customers not just of the one-for-one
and like-for-like take-back services that they are
obliged to provide, but also of the free take-back service
provided by local authorities” - he added.
The Minister concluded by welcoming the commitment by WEEE
Ireland and ERP to provide capital investment of €3 million
towards the provision of weather cover infrastructure at local
authority civic amenity facilities - which will ensure that
deposited EEE waste at these facilities is protected from
the elements. This is in line with the requirements of the
Directive and will also facilitate greater reuse of old appliances.
Highlights Summary -
- Each person recycled 8.7 Kgs of household WEEE in 2007
- Ireland doubled target (4kg//person) set for 2008
- 1.3 million large domestic appliances recycled since August
- WEEE Directive has now diverted 380,000 televisions from
- 11.4 million WEEE items collected to-date
- 37,812 tonnes/6.7 million units of household WEEE recycled
- Improvement in proportion of smaller items recycled -
but more needs to be done
- More infrastructure required to facilitate reuse – producers
commit €3 million for local authority capital infrastructure.