KMK Metals Recycling Ltd. presented a cheque for €600 to Noel Greene on behalf of the Midlands Simon Community, following a Christmas lights recycling campaign which took place in three local shopping centres during the months of December and January.
The amount donated was topped up with funds raised by staff at KMK Metals Recycling, who held a Christmas Jumper Day in aid of the charity in December.
A total of 832kg of old and broken Christmas lights were collected in Golden Island Shopping Centre in Athlone (215kg ), the Bridge Shopping Centre, Tullamore (399kg ) and Harbour Place Shopping Centre, Mullingar (218kg ), an increase of 142 percent on the previous campaign.
Max Kyck, General Manager of KMK Metals Recycling, acknowledged the success of the Christmas lights campaign.
“It was a huge increase on last year. Climate change and the need to do whatever we can to help the environment is on everyone’s mind right now which I’m sure added to the momentum.
“Having such a worthwhile charity on board was an extra boost and with the worrying levels of homelessness across the Midlands region, we are delighted to help in this small way,” Max remarked.
Midlands Simon Community offers many services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Midlands region, to help get them back on their feet as quickly as possible.
The charity aims help users of the service to rebuild their lives, and move out of homelessness into a permanent home.
KMK Metals Recycling Ltd. operates out of two state-of-the-art premises in Kilbeggan and Tullamore, employing 110 local people.
Ireland’s industry leader with over forty years’ experience, KMK offers a secure and fully compliant waste collection and recycling service for metals, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE ) and batteries throughout Ireland.
KMK has the capacity and capability to recycle Ireland’s electrical appliances and batteries to the highest standards, currently managing over 75 percent of Ireland’s electrical waste.