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A giant trash mammoth made from old electrical waste is going on show this St Patrick’s to encourage Irish folks to go green.

The one in three of us that have old cables ‘snaking’ round the house are being encouraged to recycle rather than dump them, when EU rules on chargers change later this year.

So the European Recycling Platform (ERP) Ireland commissioned artist, Ned Leddy, to create a ‘Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment inspired piece to raise awareness of the importance of recycling WEEE waste as a Sustainability Partner for this year’s St Patrick’s Festival.

His 13ft beast, made from over 100 small electrical items, will be on display at St Patrick’s Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks this March 16 and 17.

James Burgess, Country General Manager of ERP Ireland, said: “We are excited to announce our sustainability partnership with St Patrick’s Festival and align our purpose with the festival’s commitment to an eco-friendly celebration.

“This St Patrick’s Weekend, ERP is encouraging everyone to join us in banishing unused cables from their homes and recycling them at their nearest free electrical recycling drop-off point. We believe that through such initiatives and partnerships we can collectively make a positive impact on our environment.”

New research by Coyne Research found 1 in 3 adults have between 5 to 10 unused electrical cables in their homes with charging cables the most common type of unused cables (77%), followed by USB (66%) and HDMI Cables (49%). Almost half of those surveyed keep these unused cables in a drawer in the home.

Over half of adults surveyed, said they were aware of legislation announced by the European Council, Commission and Parliament that means all new smartphones, tablets, cameras, and other electronic gadgets marketed in the EU, have to have a USB-C charging port by the end of 2024. As this change comes into effect, households will likely have plenty of waste cables snaking around their homes to be recycled.

Richard Tierney, CEO of St Patrick’s Festival, said: “Sustainability is one of our core organisational values, and it’s an area where we feel we can really lead from the front on.

“Partnering with organisations like the European Recycling Platform means we can inspire communities to embrace responsible recycling practices and pave the way for a greener future.”
Festival Quarter kicks off the Bank Holiday weekend at 12pm on Saturday 16 with a jam-packed family friendly programme of events including craic, ceol, dancing, games, conversation, workshops, food, and all kinds of entertainment for absolutely everybody.
Mother’s Cultúr Club takes over the site on the evening of March 16 for a massive St. Patrick’s Eve party and on March 17, Festival Quarter will be a huge celebration of Irish culture throughout the day and night and is again completely FREE.


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