The volume of recycled electronic products, measured by weight, increased by just over 2% to 41,730 tonnes, according to Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE Ireland)'s annual report.

According to the group, the rise equates to 200 40-foot containers.

Vapes and e-cigarettes may now be recycled, a new feature that was the focus of a nationwide bring-back programme last year.

Ireland might be doing better, according to WEEE Ireland, even if recycling rates for this kind of garbage are higher than those in other European nations.

Leo Donovan, the CEO of the firm, said that 12 to 15 small gadgets, including electric toothbrushes and small power tools, might be recycled in a typical household.

“The majority of homeowners have an undiscovered gold mine of malfunctioning, unneeded, or undesired electrical equipment in their houses. They are the only ones who can recycle them and give them new life, allowing us to reclaim the essential raw components they contain.”

Last month, Ireland passed the crucial Raw commodities Act, which mandates that by 2030, 25% of strategic and crucial commodities like cobalt, copper, and lithium come from European recycling networks.

Currently, China supplies Europe with 80% of its rare earth elements, including magnesium and gallium.

“With finite resources, it is also vital that we support Ireland’s new National Waste Development Plan transitioning from the traditional 'take-make-use-dispose’ model to one where electrical and electronic devices are being reused or repaired as much as possible to minimise waste generation,” said Donovan.

The yearly report also disclosed that, in the previous year, merchant locations accounted for 54% of the e-waste collected, followed by local government sites (26%), and WEEE Ireland's network of collection stations (20%).

It is suggested that consumers send their damaged or outdated equipment to their local municipal civic amenity facility or participating electrical stores for free recycling; no purchase is required.