There will be Free WEEE Ireland recycling events in Longford town and Granard this Saturday, November 28 from 10am to 4pm and the following week, on Saturday, December 5 in Lanesboro and Ballymahon from 10am to 4pm.
The events are being organised in association with Longford County Council and will allow people to get rid of any household electrical equipment and batteries in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
Longford Slashers car park and Granard mart are the collection points on Saturday, November 28, while the collection points on Saturday, December 5, are Lanesboro car park and Ballymahon mart.
WEEE Ireland’s recently launched Annual Environmental Report has revealed that they collected almost 330 tonnes of electronic waste from Longford in 2014. This equates to almost 8.5kg per person, over double the EU target of 4kg per head.
WEEE Ireland is calling on the people of Longford to recycle even more electronic waste and batteries over the next two weekends.
If you can’t make the collection events on November 28 and December 5 you can also get involved in WEEE and waste battery recycling for free with WEEE Ireland in many other ways:
* Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) can be brought for recycling to your nearest electrical retailer when you purchase a new appliance from them.
* Free WEEE takeback also applies when you buy online or have new appliances delivered to your home.
* Bring waste portable batteries back to retail shops that sell similar batteries in Longford – look out for the special WEEE Ireland blue battery boxes across the county and Recycle for Good to help the Lauralynn Charity.
*Alternatively, you can recycle your WEEE and waste batteries for free at your local Civic Amenity Site in Longford.
* WEEE Ireland Free recycling events are held throughout the county throughout the year. For more information log on to www.weeeireland.ie for updates.
Anything in the home with a battery or a plug can be recycled at the November 28 and December 5 collections.
Waste collection specialists from WEEE Ireland will be there on the day to help you send your old and broken toasters, vacuum cleaners, fridges and every other electrical item imaginable to a better place.
As a consumer of electrical items, you are entitled to bring your waste electrical equipment to your electrical retailer when purchasing an item of similar type, i.e. on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis. Waste batteries can be brought back to any battery retailer that sells similar batteries, even if you don’t purchase anything. All WEEE and waste batteries can also be brought to your local civic amenity site free of charge.
WEEE Ireland is a not for profit Compliance Scheme approved by the Minister for the Environment Heritage and Local Government, organising the proper environmental management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries on behalf of Producers in Ireland.
For further information on all future recycling events in Longford or to find your nearest civic amenity site, please log on to WEEE Ireland’s website www.weeeireland.ie