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Rubbish end for e-vote trolleys 02.04.13

THEIR original contents were deemed rubbish, writes Linda McGrory.
So it seems only fitting that the trolleys designed to transport the ill-fated e-voting machines around to the various Irish constituencies have been re-elected - as waste bins.
Recycling organisation WEEE Ireland has purchased 1,000 of the former e-voting machine transportation trolleys. They have been modified and given a blue-coloured WEEE Ireland makeover.
Former electronic voting machine transportation trolleys that have been modified by recycling organisation, WEEE Ireland, for use as collection bins for small electrical waste items such as old toasters, kettles and hair-dryers.
They will be located at many electrical retailers and other collection points for consumers to fill with old batteries and small electrical waste items such as toasters, kettles and hair-dryers.
The controversial electronic voting machines – commissioned by the Fianna Fáil-led boom-time government – eventually cost the taxpayer some €55 million.
KMK Metals Recycling Ltd in Co Offaly successfully bid just €70,000 last year for the 7,500 defunct machines and related equipment.
WEEE Ireland compliance manager, Elizabeth O'Reilly, said the organisation recently bought the trolleys from KMK with whom it already has a contract.
"People can put all their small electrical waste items in them and they will be recycled here in Ireland," said Ms O'Reilly.
"Many people think that all this waste is put in a boat and shipped somewhere else. But it is actually put through a state-of-the-art recycling process with KMK in Tullamore," she added. Meanwhile, Ms O'Reilly said the digital era was increasingly being reflected in Irish waste.
"With everything going digital we are beginning to see more and more old DVD and CD players as well as transistor radios going to recycling."
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