Yes ‘WEEE’ can

THE men of Leinster are playing their part for recycling as they out perform women in their recycling attitudes and behaviours as indicated in research undertaken by WEEE Ireland (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Ireland)

THE men of Leinster are playing their part for recycling as they out perform women in their recycling attitudes and behaviours as indicated in research undertaken by WEEE Ireland (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Ireland)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa celebrated another victory as research released by WEEE Ireland shows that Leinster are putting on a great performance as they tackle recycling and are helping Ireland in the top five EU countries for electrical waste and battery recycling.

Not only are 74% of the people of Leinster recycling - but surprisingly Irish men are starting to out perform women in taking back their WEEE and waste batteries for recycling. A recent Omnibuzz Survey undertaken by WEEE Ireland, the Irish compliance scheme for electrical and battery recycling, found that an impressive 80% of men surveyed have recycled household electrical waste in comparison to 72% of women.

81% of people surveyed were aware that they could recycle their household electrical waste for free, a very positive affirmation that we are taking our commitment to the environment and sustainability seriously.

Some other results from the survey indicated that 81% of participants knew they could recycle electrical good for free; Awareness of free recycling was highest among 35-44 year olds; Only 63% of 18-24 year olds have recycled household electrical goods; Munster are leading the way for electrical waste recycling with an impressive 80% of Munster people having recycled; 51% of men knew what WEEE stood for in comparison to only 42% of women.

“We are delighted and hugely encouraged by this recent research, 81% of those surveyed were aware they could recycle waste electrical goods for free, and an impressive 76% having recycled their household appliances. This is an encouraging 15% increase in awareness that free WEEE recycling is available since we last conducted a similar piece of research in 2008, when only 66% of people knew this.

“Since we began in 2005, awareness and involvement has gone from a very low base to impressively high adoption and conversion. Our research shows us that Ireland is really embracing the need to recycle waste electrical goods and understand the long term benefits for the country and our planet,” said Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland.

WEEE Ireland holds special collection days across the country in their designated area where waste electrical goods and batteries can be dropped off for free.

Log on to www.recyclefree.ie for more information and to find a collection day or a civic amenity site near you.