Posted by John O Connor on 22nd Oct 2019
Do you know what to do with your WEEE?
WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and a lot of people in Ireland and the UK really don't know how to dispose of it.Over the last 10 years, the amount of WEEE in Europe has grown at a shocking pace with consumers using more and more electronics in their day-to-day lives. When not disposed of properly, WEEE can be very harmful to human health - for example, TVs can contain lead which can be toxic to kidneys and nervous and reproductive systems, and could inhibit the mental development of young children and Fetuses if people are exposed to them after they have been improperly disposed of at the end of their lives.Even batteries can be dangerous if you don't dispose of them correctly. Some contain potentially hazardous materials that, if not properly disposed of could seriously damage both the environment and human health through leakage. And then we have the big electrical items such as fridges and freezers. These can be extremely harmful to the planet and recycling your old fridge, freezer, etc. is one way of contributing to the fight against climate change as it helps to stop the emission of these greenhouse gases that damage the ozone layer and encourage global warming.And even though we shouldn't have to say this - we'll say it anyway. Dumping your old TV, Fridge or Washing Machine at the end of your garden is not good enough. First thing's first, check and see if they can be re-used. You may want to get a new fridge but is it actually broken? Is it possible that someone else might make use of it? Reusing and recycling is always the first and best option.After that, your ONLY option is safe, secure and LEGAL disposal.That's where we come in.