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Development of a Model to Ascertain Future Levels of Historic WEEE Arising Research Report Launched
Development of a Model to Ascertain Future Levels of Historic WEEE Arising Research Report Launched

The Research Report concludes that Historic WEEE still make up over 50% of the material being returned for recycling in Ireland.

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The Research Report on the Development of a Model to Ascertain Future Levels of Historic WEEE Arising (Historic WEEE) was launched recently by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, The EPA, the University of Limerick and ERP Ireland at the E-Waste Academy (EWAS) – Scientists Edition 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 to estimate future return rates of historical WEEE. The results of this study indicate the levels of Historic WEEE are far greater than ever estimated.

Historic WEEE refers to products that were placed on the market before the WEEE Directive came into force in 2005.The results of this study conclude that Historic WEEE still make up over 50% of the material being returned for recycling in Ireland. Furthermore the model predictions indicate that historic WEEE will still arise in significant quantities in Ireland in the cold, LHA and TV return streams for the next decade and beyond. 

Read the speech from Niall McLoughlin, Assistant Principal, Waste Policy & Resource Efficiency from the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment who officially launched the report at the E-Waste Academy (EWAS). EWAS, in association with the United Nations University, is the premier international event for young researchers in the field of e-waste. ERP Ireland was delighted to sponsor the programme.

Read the full report - The Development of a Model to Ascertain Future Levels of Historic WEEE Arising>>