Tipperary schools and students 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.
Scoil Lua Naofa in Nenagh was the overall winner the last time the competition ran, when students and teachers collected the equivalent of over 9,600 AA batteries.
Running from October 1 to March 31, the competition is open to all primary and secondary schools which collect at least 10 full 5kg battery boxes in WEEE Ireland Battery Recycling counties.
The countrywide drive also helps raise funds for children’s hospice Laura Lynn with over €500,000 being raised over the last 11 years
Across all of Tipperary people recycled the equivalent of 16 AA batteries per person in 2021, above the national average of 15.
Binning batteries leads to a loss of really valuable resources that are increasingly in short supply as well as causing harm to the environment which is driving the campaign to encourage recycling.
Interested schools can visit weeeireland.ie for more information on the competition and to order WEEE Ireland Blue Battery boxes.