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24th April 2017
Kilbride Foróige Members collect 2,500 batteries for WEEE Ireland
Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment Denis Naughten TD congratulates members on their outstanding efforts
20th April, 2017: Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Denis Naughten TD, today visited members of Kilbride Foróige Club at their local community centre in Derrane, to commend their momentous battery recycling efforts as part of the Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards on behalf of WEEE Ireland.
The members, led by team leaders Sandra Bracken, Noelle Mc Loughlin and Sharon Mannion collected over 2,500 batteries – the equivalent of 60kg of waste batteries in an effort to support the community and environment as well as raise awareness of battery recycling locally. This impressive collection also raised much needed funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, WEEE Ireland’s charity partner. To achieve this impressive feat, the Foróige club members were resourceful and creative, distributing flyers locally, and going door to door in Derrane and Four Mile House to collect waste batteries. Even local priest, Fr. Raymond Browne was on hand to bring awareness to their efforts, announcing details of their collection at weekend mass and promoting it on the parish newsletter.
Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment Denis Naughten TD paid a visit to the Foróige members to thank them for their hard work, giving back to the environment in his local constituency of Roscommon-Galway. Minister Naughten stated: “2 out of 3 people in Ireland still do not recycle their small waste batteries and that is something I really want to see change. I am asking people to make a big effort to look around their homes, schools and offices for any portable batteries that need to be recycled. We can all start to make changes to what we recycle. I want to congratulate Kilbride Foróige Club for their wonderful battery recycling efforts as part of the Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards on behalf of WEEE Ireland and I encourage more and more community groups to take part in order to make a real difference environmentally and in doing so help raise vital funds for charity.”
Speaking of the laudable effort of the members, Stacey Moloney of WEEE Ireland said,
“We are so grateful to all the members of Kilbride Foróige Club for their great efforts in collecting such an impressive amount of batteries. We are delighted that communities support our call to recycle batteries and help LauraLynn at the same time. Schools have also been a wonderful support through our WEEEPledge Programme.”
The Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards are in partnership with Aldi Ireland, who are also Ireland’s largest retailer collection point for waste batteries.
Beyond the Kilbride Foróige Club’s achievements, teachers and students have incorporated waste battery recycling into their school recycling activities by joining the WEEEPledge programme. 1 million waste AA batteries were recycled through WEEEPledge in 2016. For further information on how your school can register for the WEEEPledge schools programme, visit www.weeepledge.ie.
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About WEEE Ireland
WEEE Ireland (Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is a not for profit organisation, founded by Producers of electrical and electronic appliances to help them comply with the legal obligations imposed by the WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC. WEEE Ireland manages the collection for recycling of household WEEE, lighting equipment and batteries from authorised collection points, on behalf of its Producer members. The WEEE Ireland Annual Environmental report can be found at www.weeeireland.ie
Our objective is to provide cost effective compliance for Producers to meet the requirements of the European Union (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations 2014 and European Union (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations 2014, whilst minimising the cost to the consumer.
About WEEE & battery recycling
The WEEE Ireland scheme operates on behalf of Producers of battery and electrical appliances to encourage people at home and in work to manage their electrical and battery waste responsibly. Waste batteries can then be deposited in larger WEEE Ireland blue boxes at local battery retailers, recycling centres and public collection days. Recycling electrical items and batteries diverts them from landfill and ensures any heavy metals and chemicals they contain are managed in an environmentally responsible way.
Recycling also saves on natural resources as many of the component parts of batteries can be used again in manufacturing. For more information, please log on to weeeireland.ie, or join the campaign on facebook.com/weeeireland