Roscommon gets an ‘AA’ grade for battery recycling

WEEE Ireland has given Roscommon residents and pupils in Abbey National School in Roscommon Town an ‘AA grade’ for their battery recycling efforts.The news comes ahead of a final push to reach the EU target of recycling 45% of all batteries sold in Ireland by the end of 2016.

  WEEE Ireland is the country’s biggest recycling scheme for used batteries. It said that Roscommon residents collected 3275 kg of batteries and pupils in Abbey National School in Roscommon Town had collected 50 kg of batteries over the past year.

  WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan called on people in Roscommon and schools in the county to make a final push and collect as many batteries as possible ahead of the deadline at the end of the year.

            Mr. Donovan praised the efforts of Abbey National School in Roscommon Town whose pupils collected 50 kg of batteries over the past year as part of the WEEE Pledge Programme.

  The WEEE Pledge Programme is a free recycling and educational programme designed for schools – more information is available about it at www.weeepledge.ie. Mr. Donovan said that the WEEE Pledge Programme was calling on all schools around the country as well as teachers pupils and parents to recycle as many batteries as possible before the year’s end.

  “I am especially proud of the great recycling work that residents of Roscommon have done as well as the efforts of pupils in Abbey National School in Roscommon Town as part of the WEEE Pledge Programme. They are setting a very high standard for other schools to follow.

  In 2015 over 2,000 primary and secondary schools took part in the WEEE Pledge programme and WEEE Ireland hopes that this number continues to grow. By recycling their batteries under the WEEE Pledge Programme students are also helping to raise much-needed funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.

  This is the second year that the European Battery Recycling Day is taking place. It is a Europe-wide initiative that sees WEEE Ireland join forces with other recycling schemes under the auspices of the European Association of National Collection Schemes for Batteries (EUCOBAT).

  Mr. Donovan added that Ireland was close to hitting the EU target of recycling 36 million batteries or 45% of the total number of 80 million batteries sold annually here.

  “Battery recycling is fast becoming part of household waste management activity and we call on everyone in Ireland to recycle waste batteries responsibly.

  For more information contact Richard Brophy in Insight Consultants on 086-385 3260/richard@insightconsultants.ie.