Fingal powers to top in battery recycling
People in Fingal have collected enough AA batteries to line the runway at Dublin Airport 1,224 times
Celebrating 10-year anniversary of the EU Batteries Directive in Ireland The European Recycling Platform (ERP), Ireland’s only pan-european compliance scheme, today celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the EU Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC in Ireland.
ERP has collected over 1,809 tonnes of batteries across all of its territories since the Directive was launched in 2008.
The amount collected in Fingal over the last 10 years, is the equivalent of 656 times the length of Bull Island, would line the runway at Dublin Airport 1,224 times or cover the walled garden in Malahide Castle three times!
In 2012, European member states were tasked with achieving a collection rate of 25% of all waste portable batteries placed on the market. The target increased to 45% in 2016. ERP is delighted to announce that in 2017, it surpassed the EU target with a collection rate of 64%.
Encouraging people to recycle their batteries John Daly, Senior Engineer from Fingal County Council said: ‘We are delighted to celebrate the success of the Batteries Directive which has been a tremendously successful over ten years. Recycling batteries plays a very important role in protecting the environment and also feeds into the circular economy.’
Commenting on ERP’S success surpassing the EU collection rate, Martin Tobin, CEO, said: ‘Since the launch of the EU Waste Battery Directive in September 2008, ERP has worked hard to establish a robust collection infrastructure and has created programmes like ‘Batteries for Barretstown’ to change the nation’s attitude towards recycling waste batteries.
‘I am delighted to announce that in the ten years since the Directive was launched, ERP has collected 1,809 tonnes of batteries which is the equivalent in weight to 92 million AA batteries, 45 Boeing 737s or 1,121 Irish rugby teams!
‘I would like to thank all the stakeholders involved, our members, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, the Producer Register, the EPA, local authorities, waste contractors and the general public. Consumers are increasingly more environmentally aware and in the past ten years we have seen peoples’ recycling activities change for the better.
‘We can do more, however, to divert batteries being unnecessarily sent to landfill, in a bid to drive a sustainable circular economy and protect the environment.’
In 2017, ERP Ireland launched ‘Batteries for Barretstown’ to drive the recycling of batteries across Ireland through local authorities, schools, libraries, retailers and all public amenities whilst communicating the importance of recycling batteries responsibly, and raising much-needed funds to power positivity at Barretstown.
Sam Kinahan, Barretstown Camper thanks the people of Fingal for the batteries they collected to power fundraising for Barretstown.