Eco Shoppers Recycle More Than 1,000 Tonnes of Electrical Waste Since 2007

WEEE Ireland is celebrating a landmark recycling result, with 1,182 tonnes of electrical waste recycled through 95 free electrical and battery recycling collection days held across the country with Tesco since 2007. That is enough kettles, toasters and televisions to fill every seat in Croke Park, the Aviva Stadium, Thomond Park and Pairc Ui Chaoimh more than 3 times.

Thanks to eco conscious shoppers across the country, approximately 638,000 electrical items have been diverted from landfill since 2007. WEEE items and batteries are potentially harmful to the environment, but when disposed of correctly through a WEEE Day, can be treated and recycled into new products.

WEEE Ireland and Tesco have announced their schedule of collection days for the summer months. Free recycling events are scheduled in the following stores:

* Sat 26th May – Tesco Stillorgan, Dublin

* Sat 26th May – Tesco Roscommon

* Sat 16th June – Tesco Birr, Offaly

* Sat 23rd June – Tesco Artaine, Dublin

* Sat 23rd June – Tesco Mallow, Cork

* Sat 30th June – Tesco Castlebar, Mayo

* Sat 14th July – Tesco Claremorris, Mayo

* Sat 14th July – Tesco Ballinrobe, Mayo

* Sat 28th July – Tesco Tramore, Waterford

* Sat 11th August – Tesco Clearwater, Dublin

* Sat 11th August – Tesco Tullow, Carlow

* Sat 18th August – Tesco Tipperary

* Sat 18th August – Tesco Rathcoole, Dublin

Conor Leonard, collections manager at WEEE Ireland, says: “Our weekly collection days across the country continue to grow in popularity. We can only organise these events when we have suitable locations that are central to local communities and Tesco have played a crucial part in their success. We have already held 95 events with Tesco in the last five years and we have lots more planned for the summer. We encourage everyone to get involved and attend your local collection event and get rid of those unwanted items.”

Michelle Mahon, corporate responsibility manager at Tesco Ireland, adds: “At Tesco we want to help our customers to act in an environmentally friendly way, and holding waste recycling days in conjunction with WEEE Ireland is one part of that programme. As well as recycling electrical items and batteries at the Tesco collection days, please remember that you can recycle your batteries for free all year round at Tesco, simply pop them in to the blue WEEE Ireland boxes in store. We also will recycle any small electrical items on a like-for-like basis in store.”

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