Ireland’s Students collect over 750,000 AA Batteries for Recycling in 2014

October 7, 2015

Over 15 tonnes of waste batteries collected by school children in Ireland in 2014

WEEE Ireland asks schools across Ireland to take a recycling pledge and help LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. 


WEEE Ireland are calling on all primary and secondary schools to do their bit for Ireland and help us to hit the European Battery Recycling target of 45% take back in 2016. WEEE Pledge 2 is a WEEE Ireland owned initiative that helps encourage more battery recycling with school children and their families at the heart of the communities around Ireland.

Every single battery recycled in schools, through the WEEE Pledge 2 programme, goes towards a monetary donation from WEEE Ireland to LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. LauraLynn provides palliative care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Speaking about the launch Conor Leonard, WEEE Ireland Collections Manager, said,“We are only in October and already hundreds of primary and secondary schools have signed up to WEEE Pledge 2. WEEE Ireland is dedicated to spreading awareness and the importance of battery recycling in Ireland at a grass roots level. By educating school children we are aiming to start a legacy of battery recycling to be continued for generations to come. This year’s campaign is especially important as not alone will participants have the chance to help raise much needed funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, they will also assist Ireland in hitting a vital EU target.”

To take part, simply log onto and register for a FREE delivery of WEEE Ireland’s new ‘my Battery Boxes’. Once the school has over 10 full boxes, WEEE Ireland will then take them away to be counted and recycled. Top scoring schools will be awarded with spot prizes for their valued efforts.

In 2014 the Top four schools were:

  • Aglish National School, Waterford
  • St Colmcille Senior NS, Dublin
  • Borris Vocational School, Carlow
  • St. Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina

It’s not just schools who can get involved, here are some tips for how parents can help their little recyclers get involved in WEEE Pledge 2 and safe battery recycling:

  • Collect your used batteries at home to bring to school
  • Place them into WEEE Ireland blue battery boxes to teach children the importance of recycling
  • Ask family members and friends to get involved
  • Where possible use rechargeable batteries to prevent future waste
  • For further information about the WEEE Pledge 2 programme or to register your school log on to

For more information please contact the WEEEPledge2 team on 01-2999320 or email

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