WEEE Ireland aims to recycle more than 25 million waste batteries in the next 12 months for LauraLynn, Ireland’s children’s hospice, after last year’s campaign succeeded in recycling 22 million waste batteries, raising Eur45,000 in the process.
Due to the success of last year’s inaugural Spread a Little Sunshine campaign, WEEE Ireland is again teaming up with LauraLynn for a whole year to try and recycle as many waste batteries as possible whilst also creating a fund for the children’s charity.
Spread a Little Sunshine was officially launched at LauraLynn by this year’s ambassador, star of the Today show Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh. Blathnaid says: “LauraLynn provide families across the country with an amazing service and the team here are an inspiration. Everyone can help these families too in a really simple way – just recycle your waste batteries wherever you see the blue WEEEIrelandbattery box in stores, offices and in schools. It’s not always possible for people to financially help charities at Christmas and this is a lovely free way to do your bit.”
Elizabeth O’Reilly of WEEE Ireland says: “Last year, we collected the equivalent of approximately 22 million AA batteries for recycling and were able to raise Eur45,000 for LauraLynn. We want everyone to help us recycle even more this year and help out an incredibly worthwhile cause.”
The more batteries that are recycled, the more the children’s hospice will benefit. The money raised will go toward the upkeep of the hospice, which requires Eur1.4 million to operate annually. WEEE Ireland, the compliance scheme for battery and waste electrical and electronic recycling, ensures that all batteries are recycled safely.