mobile phones computers drills hairdryers as well as industrial items such as medical devices WEEE
Date Listed 25/06/2017
Many everyday consumer items are electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), such as mobile phones, computers, drills, hairdryers, as well as industrial items such as medical devices, and laboratory equipment. When these items reach their end of life they are defined as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Lots of electronic goods contain hazardous materials like heavy metals or batteries. These materials can cause serious environmental damage and are dangerous to human health. There is a system in place in Ireland to help recycle these products. Recycling rather than dumping means valuable components can be used again in new products and there will be less mining of raw materials.
WEEE is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the developed world. Up to recently, a lot of WEEE was thrown into the bin and disposed of in landfill. Improved regulation of the collection, recycling and disposal of WEEE has been law at European level (WEEE Directive) and brought into Irish law (WEEE Regulations) since 2005. New Irish WEEE regulations were published in March 2014, to implement changes that were introduced in Europe in the second WEEE Directive.