Fin­gal pow­ers to top in bat­tery re­cy­cling

Fingal Independent - - OPINION -

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.

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