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QUIZ: How much do you know about recycling old electrical items?

Spoiler: they don’t go in the black bin.

Image: Shutterstock/DAMRONG RATTANAPONG

IF YOU’VE DONE a clear-out during lockdown, it’s likely you’ll have gathered together a bag or box of broken or unused electrical products.

While you might be tempted to throw them into the black bin if they’ve been sitting gathering dust for a while, there are quite a few reasons why you shouldn’t. 

Incorrectly binning WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is a waste of important resources – like glass, plastic or metals – which could be used again, and it’s dangerous (waste batteries may still contain energy which can cause battery-related fires if they are improperly disposed of). Plus, when electrical waste is improperly disposed of, it can release hazardous material which can impact on human health and our environment.

Recycling WEEE and waste batteries correctly is free, easy and local – and means you’re playing your part in helping our environment. 

So, just how much do you know about recycling electrical waste? Take our quiz below to find out…

1. First of all, what does WEEE stand for?
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Waste Environmental Emissions Equipments
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Waste Electronic and Environmental Energy
2. True or false: Over 19 million pieces of e-waste were diverted from Irish landfills in 2019.
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True
False
3. This is a standard LED bulb. Can it be recycled at a WEEE recycling centre?
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Yes
No
4. Which of the below cannot be recycled under the WEEE scheme?
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E-scooter
Phone charger

Saucepans
Christmas lights
5. Which of the below can be recycled for free under the WEEE scheme?
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Treadmill
Electrical boiler

Electrical toys
All of the above
6. What are the potential results of not disposing of battery waste correctly?
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Soil pollution
Water pollution

Increased CO2 emissions
All of the above
7. What percentage of raw materials (such as plastic, glass and metals) can be recovered by recycling WEEE?
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15%
35%

55%
85%
8. Can WEEE be recycled when it's disposed of in a household black bin?
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Yes
No, it must be brought to a local authority recycling centre or electrical store
9. Where can waste batteries be brought to be recycled?
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To a local authority recycling centre
To an electrical store

To a supermarket
All of the above
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Binning is sinning – Binning of WEEE into black bins is causing damage to our planet. Recycle your old and broken electrical items, bulbs and batteries for free at your local authority recycling centre or nearest recycling retailer. Find your nearest WEEE Ireland recycling point here

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