WEEE Ireland Launch Schools Programme

Published: 23 Sep 2022

LauraLynn partners WEEE Ireland urge schools to become battery recycling champions. 

WEEE Ireland

Schools and students across Ireland are being challenged to become battery recycling champions as part of a nationwide initiative which will also help children with life-limiting illnesses.

The WEEE Ireland Schools Battery Recycling Competition returns this year, offering schools the chance to win one of six €2,000 sports equipment vouchers.

Running from October 1st to March 31st, it is open to all primary and secondary schools which collect at least 10 full 5kg battery boxes in WEEE Ireland Battery Recycling counties.

LauraLynn Supporter and TV host Mairéad Ronan was on hand to urge schools to get plugged into the countrywide drive, which helps raise funds for children’s hospice LauraLynn.

"This helps raise funds and awareness for LauraLynn and all the wonderful children and families who rely on their services and support. It's heart-warming to see school children getting involved in projects like this and helping other children while doing so. Best of luck and well done to all the schools taking part across the country."

WEEE Ireland

The long running competition has a following of over 2,000 schools nationwide and encourages the involvement of teachers, families and wider communities to help students collect as many end-of-life batteries as possible. When the competition last ran, schools across the country collectively diverted from landfill the equivalent of almost 1 million AA batteries.

Every battery recycled by WEEE Ireland goes towards a donation fund for LauraLynn. 

CEO of WEEE Ireland, Leo Donovan, said: "Many still don’t realise that binning batteries leads to a loss of really valuable resources that are increasingly in short supply as well as causing harm to the environment. We are delighted to be able to return with this really important programme and expect a great response from students, teachers and the wider community, while encouraging some healthy competition."

CEO of LauraLynn Chlidren's Hospice, Kerry McLaverty, shared: "It is great to see this campaign back in schools. There’s something so special about children helping children and this campaign is all about that. The funds that we have received through our partnership with WEEE Ireland over the last 11 years have had such a positive impact on the children and families who avail of LauraLynn's care and specialised supports. We recently reached the €500,000 mark, which is just incredible, and we are so grateful to WEEE for this partnership."