Green Party re­minder to re­cyle used bat­ter­ies

Bray People - - 2008 Review -

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.

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