Call for Monaghan residents to avail of free electrical recycling events at Lidl stores

April 10th, 2024

Lidl’s recycling events with ERP have collected more than 184,000kg of e-waste since 2018

Monaghan residents at Lidl North Road store collected the highest tonnage of e-waste across ERP’s Electrical Recycling Drop Off Events last year

Residents in County Monaghan are being urged to bring their broken and unused household electrical items and used batteries for recycling to the ERP Electrical Recycling Drop Off Event at Lidl Castleblayney store from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, 13th April.

This free public event organised by the European Recycling Platform (ERP) and supported by Lidl Ireland and Monaghan County Council offers an accessible collection point for communities to recycle their household electronic waste – that is anything with a plug, cable or battery.

In May 2023, Monaghan residents recycled the highest tonnage across all of ERP’s Electrical Recycling Drop Off Events that year, collecting more than 26,000kg of electrical waste at Lidl, North Road. Two further events are scheduled to be held at Lidl North Road, Monaghan on Saturday, 15th June and Saturday, 12th October.

Recognised as one of Ireland’s most sustainable companies, Lidl has worked with ERP Ireland since 2006 to educate consumers on safe recycling practices and empower communities across Ireland to embrace sustainable practices, in line with the retailer’s overarching sustainability strategy, A Better Tomorrow. Since 2018, Lidl’s free electrical recycling events with ERP Ireland have collected more than 184,000 kg of e-waste.

Commenting on Lidl Ireland’s partnership, Yvonne Holmes, Head of Corporate Communications at ERP Ireland said:

“We are delighted to partner with Lidl Ireland to offer a series of free household electrical recycling events in Monaghan. These events are consciously planned to take place in communities whereby direct access to recycling facilities is not available.

“With 84% of Irish households hoarding an average of 15 to 20 broken or unused electrical items in their home, there has never been a better time to declutter while positively impacting on the environment and supporting a more circular economy. Together with Lidl and our partners, we want to remind householders that any item with a plug, cable or battery can be recycled at these events – big or small - from TVs, washing machines, IT equipment and power tools to mobile phones, battery-operated toys and wireless ear buds.”

“Old and broken electronics and appliances are a rich source of essential critical raw materials, so it is vital that Irish households recycle the millions of broken and perfectly recyclable electrical items that are accumulating in our homes.”

Elaine O’Connor, Head of Sustainability at Lidl Ireland said:

“At Lidl, we're proud to work with ERP Ireland to engage every community, particularly those areas where access to recycling facilities is limited, to participate in free electrical recycling collections. Last year, our free recycling events at stores across Ireland have seen an impressive 70,000kg of electrical goods collected for recycling.”

“Small steps like recycling old household items can make a huge difference to the environment and, as a responsible and sustainably focused retailer, we are committed to educating and empowering consumers to embrace sustainable practices and help create ‘A Better Tomorrow.”

“With many of us focused on the big spring clean, we’re calling on communities in County Monaghan to take some time ahead of these recycling events to dig out any old electricals and electronics no longer in use and bring them to Lidl Castleblayney on Saturday, 13th April. It couldn’t be easier to offload unwanted and often bulky household items all whilst doing your bit for the environment and your local community.”

Lidl Ireland was ranked #6 in the RepTrak Sustainability Index for 2023 and was awarded the Gold Plastic Pledge Award at the Pakman Awards in 2023 for its ongoing work across Lidl’s product ranges to replace mixed materials with easier to recycle mono materials.

ERP Electrical Recycling Drop Off Event will take place on Saturday 13th April from 10am to 4pm at Lidl Castleblayney Car Park in County Monaghan and at Lidl Monaghan Town Centre Car Park on Saturday, 15th June and Saturday, 12th October.

For a full list of free recycling events across Lidl’s store network, visit: www.lidl.ie/erp-electrical-recycling

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