Wexford collected over a million batteries to help charity in 2014
OVER one million waste batteries were collected in County Wexford last year, resulting in a powerful windfall for one needy charity.
According to WEEE Ireland, 1,033,320 used batteries were collected for recycling in County Wexford during 2014, helping towards a €50,000 donation to the LauraLynn Children's Hospice charity.
This brings the total donated to LauraLynn through the battery recycling initiative to €185,000 to date.
The batteries were collected by families, schools and businesses across the county. For every blue battery box filled, WEEE Ireland donates €2 to the charity.
Cliona Connolly, Environmental Awareness Officer, Wexford Co. Council said the council is 'thrilled with the response from the people of County Wexford towards this campaign.
'Over 1 million batteries is a huge amount of waste batteries to have been recycled in our county alone in 2014. Not only has this battery collection contributed towards an extremely large donation for LauraLynn Children's Hospice, it has also encouraged everyone to be responsible and look after our environment.
'County Wexford are leaders in the race for the environment and we should be proud of this achievement.
'I hope the donation figure to LauraLynn Children's Hospice of €185, 000 inspires Wexford to continue being so enthusiastic in recycling their waste batteries in the WEEE Ireland Blue Battery Boxes, so keep an eye out for them in schools, local supermarkets, businesses and schools.'
WEEE Ireland and LauraLynn hope to break the €250,000 donation mark this year.