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QUIZ: How much do you know about recycling electrical waste?

Recycling small electronic household waste items is free, easy and local.

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WE ALL KNOW the importance of recycling paper, cardboard and plastic, but what about recycling electrical waste?

According to WEEE Ireland, the average home has 193 electrical appliances and 110 batteries. As these items die or need to be replaced (or if you’ve done a clear-out during lockdown), it’s important to know that recycling batteries, waste electrical and lighting equipment is free, easy and local

Recycling WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and waste batteries prevents them from going to a landfill, helps protect the environment and even gives them the chance to be used again in new products.

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

1. How many tonnes of waste electrical items were recycled by WEEE Ireland last year?
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Less than 20,000
Around 38,000

Around 52,000
2. This is a standard LED bulb. Can it be recycled at a WEEE recycling centre?
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Yes
No
3. True or false: Over 19 million pieces of e-waste were diverted from Irish landfills in 2019.
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True
False
4. Can keyboards be recycled?
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Yes
No
5. This is an old-fashioned Edison bulb. Can it be recycled?
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Yes
No
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. Can old Christmas tree lights be recycled?
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Yes
No
8. What does WEEE stand for?
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Waste Environmental Emissions Equipment
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Waste Electronic and Environmental Energy
9. Which of the below cannot be recycled under the WEEE scheme?
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Computer mouse
Batteries

Electric guitar
Frying pan
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You know a thing or two about recycling electrical waste, but there's more to learn. Read on to find out more...
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Bin there, done that
You know a few things about recycling electrical waste, but there's room to charge up your knowledge. Read on to find out more...
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You're an electrical waste expert!
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Recycle your waste lightbulbs, batteries and small electrical household items to benefit the environment and support LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. Every battery recycled by WEEE Ireland goes towards a donation fund to support the vital work provided by LauraLynn. Find your nearest WEEE Ireland recycling point here. Small Things Matter… the power is in your hands!

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