Ireland

REPORT/STUDYSUMMARYDocuments including WEEE flows/quantities
An Investigation into WEEE Arising and Not Arising in Ireland (EEE2WEEE)Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2021: This research provides insight into consumer and business behaviours towards WEEE, particularly regarding how key decisions are made around WEEE disposal and contribute to WEEE arising in complementary flows outside compliant WEEE collection and treatment. This research determined a hybrid approach to WEEE target setting should be explored, using data available to Ireland and using aspects of the WEEE Calculation Tool.
Author(s): Yvonne Ryan-Fogarty; Katherine Casey; Damian Coughlan; Maria Lichrou; Lisa O’Malley; and Colin Fitzpatrick.
A Guide for the Shipment of Used Vehicles, Used Vehicle Parts and Used Electrical and Electronic EquipmentDublin City Council, 2019: This guidance document is designed to provide assistance for those organising the shipment of used or pre-owned vehicles, vehicle parts, tyres, electrical and electronic equipment, personal effects, machinery and other items that are still in usable condition. It aims to clarify and simplify the information contained within the European Union Member States Correspondents' Guidelines No. 1 and No. 9 and the European Union (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 149 of 2014). When used goods are shipped into or out of Ireland for the purpose of re-use, an exporter must be satisfied that the used goods are fit for direct re-use and/or for the same purpose for which the goods were originally designed.
This guidance document was originally published in November 2014 and its second revision was published in November 2015.
Research of Upcycling Supports to Increase Re-use, with a Focus on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (UpWEEE)Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2018: This report provides a range of recommendations aimed at supporting preparation for re-use of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) that will support the extension and development of this activity in Ireland.
A Community Based Social Marketing Approach for Increased Participation in WEEE Recycling (ColectWEEE)Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2018: This study explored human behaviour in relation to small WEEE recycling through 26 in-depth interviews with 30 participants; observations and casual conversations at a civic amenity site and waste collection event; and participant observation at 25 retailers. The study proposes a multi-pronged approach to social marketing campaigns with the aim of increasing participation in small WEEE recycling.
Holes in the Circular Economy: WEEE Leakage from Europe. A Report of the e-Trash Transparency Project.Basel Action Network, 2018: The report reveals the findings of a two-year study in 10 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the UK ) that followed 314 old computers, printers, and monitors in which GPS Trackers had been secretly installed to determine the rate and flows of "leakage" from the EU of consumer-generated WEEE. 19 (6%) of the tracked scrap equipment was exported to the countries of Ghana, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, Thailand, and Ukraine, outside of the EU; the flows discovered, if extrapolated, would total 352,474 metric tonnes per annum, moving from the EU to developing countries.
Author(s): Jim Puckett; Chris Brandt; and Hayley Palmer.
TriREUSE - Trialling the Preparation for Reuse of Consumer Laptops,Tablets and SmartphonesIrish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2017: The TriREUSE project aimed to provide an insight into possible reuse rates for WEEE collections that specifically target consumer ICT products with reuse potential. It also examined how such promotional events could operate in practice and aimed to provide some conclusions and recommendations based on what was learned from the process.
The Development of a Model to Ascertain Future Levels of Historic WEEE Arising (Historic WEEE)Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2016: Using a range of data sources including census data, historical WEEE audits and comprehensive sampling this project employed material flow analysis and statistical methods (Weibull Probability Density Function) to estimate future return rates of historical WEEE.
State-of-the-Art Recycling Technology for Liquid Crystal DisplaysIrish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2014: The Strive project looks at new methods to safely and cheaply recycle LCD screens.
State-of-the-Art Recycling Technology for Liquid Crystal DisplaysIrish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2014: The Strive project looks at new methods to safely and cheaply recycle LCD screens.
Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in IrelandDepartment of the Environment, Community and Local government, 2014: The objective of the PRI Review was to address the role of PRIs in developing further measures for the prevention of waste, while securing an efficient and effective collection, sorting and recovery of waste streams such as WEEE, packaging, batteries and so on, so as to improve the competitive position of firms and business that need to pay for such services, while at the same time meeting binding EU environmental targets.
RE-Evaluate - Re-use of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Evaluation and Mainstreaming)Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2013: Reuse is considered as a potential building block towards achieving more sustainable consumption of electrical and electronic equipment, covering environmental, economic and social dimensions.