Green Party reminder to recyle used batteries
AS CHRISTMAS TOYS use up plenty of batteries, the Green Party reminds families to recycle the wasted ones this year. One third of Ireland’s batteries are purchased in Ireland at Christmas and can be recycled in shops and at other recycling centres.
‘80 million batteries are placed on the Irish market every year and up until now, 75 per cent of them ended up in landfill,’ said Cllr. Caroline Burrell. ‘Many of the toys, games and gifts received on Christmas day will be powered by batteries and we want to remind consumers how easy it is to recycle waste batteries at any shop that sells batteries or at local recycling centres.’ Battery recycling is free of charge and the every battery producer must take back 25 per cent of what they put on the market by 2012 and 45 per cent by 2016.
‘These are achievable targets if we as consumers put in the effort,’ said Cllr. Burrell. ‘We would also encourage consumers to consider buying rechargeable batteries this Christmas, as this will help minimise the volume of batteries used in the first place.’
Hundreds of free battery recycling boxes are available at supermarkets and other retail outlets across Wicklow.