Schools Power European Battery Recycling Week
12th September 2018
Schools Top of the Class for Recycling!
On European Battery Recycling Week, 3- 9 September, WEEE Ireland is proud to announce that schools around the country have come top of the class for battery recycling, as part of the WEEE Pledge battery recycling programme.
The WEEE Pledge programme continues to go from strength to strength as one of Ireland’s most successful environmental schools’ education programmes. The programme’s explosive growth continues apace, and now encompasses a network of more than 2,500 schools.
Phenomenally, students and teachers in schools across the country collectively diverted from landfill the equivalent of 1.5 million AA batteries in 2017.
Heading into the new academic year, WEEE Ireland aims to bring the environmental programme onto the school curriculum and inspire the next generation to become guardians of our planet. This will include a new set of educational assets for schools and parents, with lesson plans, activity sheets and other materials being provided to help in educating children around e-waste issues, and to support the continued growth of the WEEE Pledge programme.
Long standing ambassador for WEEE Ireland’s battery recycling efforts and everybody’s favourite red head, Bosco is thrilled to see the fantastic efforts of boys and girls across the country, and was on hand to remind everyone of the worthy cause they are supporting by taking part; “Every battery that is recycled as part of WEEE Pledge helps to provide important support to WEEE Ireland’s charity partner, LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. By taking the WEEE Pledge to recycle, schools are helping families to make the most of precious lives, because for them, ’every moment matters, every battery counts’. So, by taking the WEEE Pledge today, schools can really recycle for good!”
Speaking of the laudable effort students and staff have made across the country, Stacey Moloney of WEEE Ireland said:
“We are extremely grateful for the hard work that students, families, and staff have once again contributed, in managing to collect such an impressive volume of waste batteries. Because of their efforts, we were able to add to our monetary contributions to our long-standing charity partner LauraLynn, which will go a long way to support the incredible work of Ireland’s only children’s hospice.”
Communities around the country are encouraged to recycle their waste batteries in local shops throughout the year. For further information on how your school can take the WEEE Pledge today 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 WEEE Regulations 2005 and Battery Regulations 2008, 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 www.facebook.com/weeeireland