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733 tonnes of electrical waste collected in Donegal in 2014




Eight collection depots have been established to take part in the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Ireland public collection days throughout Donegal this August.


Indeed the county’s record of compliance has been excellent and Donegal County Council is asking the public to continue this proud tradition over the coming weeks.


WEEE Ireland, which was established ten years ago, recently announced their milestone figures for electric and battery recycling over the past ten years. The figures also revealed that in the last year alone it has collected almost 733 tonnes of electronic waste from Donegal in 2014. This equates to an astounding 5kg per person in Donegal, over EU target of 4kg per head.


Over 50 tonnes of electrical waste came from WEEE Ireland collections days that were held throughout the county, filling almost 11 large trucks.


Since 2005 WEEE Ireland have increased the WEEE take back rate in their collection areas, including Donegal, to over 50% of household WEEE. This means the scheme has already surpassed the 2016 EU target (45%) on behalf of its members.


It’s also worth noting that:

Over 70 electrical items per Donegal household were collected for recycling since 2005.


An average of almost 5kg of electrical waste recycled per person in Donegal in 2014, over the EU target of 4kg per head


Most Donegal people are now aware that we can recycle WEEE for free but 1 in 4 are still hoarding or putting electrical waste in the rubbish bin at home


Ireland is a WEEE recycling champion – all WEEE Ireland’s recycling contractors have recently received the European WEEE label of excellence standard – WEEELABEX for high quality electrical waste management processes


The local collections this month are fixed as follows from 10am-4pm each day:


August 8

Carrigart - Chapel car park

Bunbeg - Údarás na Gaeltachta Industrial Estate at the former Comer Yarns car park


August 15

Buncrana – Nailor’s Row car park, opposite the Credit Union on the Cockhill Road

Lifford – Lifford-Clonleigh Resource Centre, Croaghan Heights

Falcarragh – Fawnmore, opposite Cassidy’s Quarry


August 22

Killybegs – Shore Road car park

Bundoran – Town Centre car park across from the cinema

Glencolmcille – rear of the local Fire Station


These free WEEE Ireland events allow people to get rid of any household electrical equipment and batteries in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Anything in the home with a battery or a plug can be recycled at these collections. Waste collection specialists from WEEE Ireland will be there on the day to help you send your toasters, vacuum cleaners, fridges and every other electrical item imaginable to a better place.


For more information about the service in Donegal see

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