Athlone primary school, Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí, has been awarded ‘top of the class’ for battery recycling for their contribution to European Battery Recycling week which took place from September 3-9.
As part of the WEEE Ireland pledge battery recycling programme, students and teachers from the school collected the equivalent of 5,400 AA batteries, placing them on top of the leader board in Westmeath.
The WEEE Pledge programme continues to go from strength to strength as one of Ireland’s most successful environmental schools’ education programmes. The programme’s explosive growth continues apace, and now encompasses a network of more than 2,500 schools.
Phenomenally, students and teachers in schools across the country collectively diverted from landfill the equivalent of 1.5 million AA batteries in 2017.
Heading into the new academic year, WEEE Ireland aims to bring the environmental programme onto the school curriculum and inspire the next generation to become guardians of our planet.
This will include a new set of educational assets for schools and parents, with lesson plans, activity sheets and other materials being provided to help in educating children around e-waste issues, and to support the continued growth of the WEEE Pledge programme.
Communities around the country are encouraged to recycle their waste batteries in local shops throughout the year. For further information on how your school can take the WEEE Pledge today visit www.weeepledge.ie