Small waste battery recycling is easy but 2 out of 3 people Do Not Recycle Batteries

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD has called on the public to keep up their battery recycling efforts ahead of an EU deadline at the end of this year requiring 45% of all batteries sold in Ireland to be recycled.

The Minister said it is critical that people keep collecting and returning used batteries to ensure Ireland achieves our European battery recycling target.

Look out for the Battery Recycling Boxes to use at home.

2nd battery recycling day 150X150He made the call at the launch of the European Battery Recycling Day in association with recycling scheme WEEE Ireland at Lawrencetown National School, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on September 9th.

Students at Lawrencetown National School collected almost 100kg of batteries over the past year as part of the WEEE Pledge Programme – a free battery recycling and educational programme designed for schools.  The programme is run by WEEE Ireland – Ireland’s largest collection scheme for battery recycling. More information is available about it at

Minister Naughten stated: “2 out of 3 people in Ireland still do not recycle their small waste batteries and that is something I really want to see change.  We have only a few months left to reach our EU target so I am asking people to make a big effort to look around their homes, schools and offices for any portable batteries that need to be recycled.  We can all start to make changes to what we recycle so let us start today on European Battery Recycling Day. I want to congratulate the schools that took part in the WEEE Pledge Programme last year and I encourage more and more schools to take part in the programme in order to make a real difference environmentally and in doing so help raise vital funds for a very worthy cause.”

Laura Lynn,In 2015 5,000 students in more than 2,000 primary and secondary schools took part in the WEEE Pledge programme and WEEE Ireland hopes that this number continues to grow.  By recycling their batteries under the WEEE Pledge Programme students are also helping to raise much needed funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.

Speaking at the launch WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan said that the WEEE Pledge Programme is calling on all schools around the country as well as teachers, pupils and parents to get involved in the WEEE Pledge battery recycling Programme and recycle as many batteries as possible before the year’s end.

“WEEE Pledge has broadened students’ recycling activity and is inspiring the next generation to be ‘guardians of our planet’. Students and their families learn about the importance of being responsible for the environment and how to make a difference in each community,” stated Leo Donovan.

This is the second year that the European Battery Recycling Day is taking place. It is a Europe-wide initiative that sees WEEE Ireland join forces with other battery recycling schemes under the auspices of the European Association of National Collection Schemes for Batteries (EUCOBAT).

Battery Recycling VanElectronic Recycling operate the WEEE Ireland battery collection van in the Dublin area.

Battery boxes can be dropped off at our facility in Jamestown Business Park, Finglas.

Electronic Recycling  are licenced by Dublin City Council as a drop off location for Household electrical appliances.

Drop off your old Television, Washing Machine, Dish Washer, Fridge, Microwave etc.  Pick up a battery box at the same time.

There is no charge for households to drop off equipment as the cost of recycling your Household WEEE is covered by WEEE Ireland the Irish Producers Compliance Scheme.

Game-changing solar cell converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.

Solar cellResearchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.

The finding is reported in the July 29 issue of Science and was funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. A provisional patent application has been filed.

Unlike conventional solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity that must be stored in heavy batteries, the new device essentially does the work of plants, converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into fuel, solving two crucial problems at once. A solar farm of such “artificial leaves” could remove significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere and produce energy-dense fuel efficiently.

“The new solar cell is not photovoltaic — it’s photosynthetic,” says Amin Salehi-Khojin, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at UIC and senior author on the study.

“Instead of producing energy in an unsustainable one-way route from fossil fuels to greenhouse gas, we can now reverse the process and recycle atmospheric carbon into fuel using sunlight,” he said.

Read the full story on the University of Illinois News Centre

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