Santa paid a very special visit to Mullingar Civic Offices on Wednesday to help the European Recycling Platform (ERP ), launch its Christmas Appeal in Westmeath. ERP and Westmeath County Council invited children to visit Santa in his grotto and bring their used batteries and broken WEEE toys (Waste Electrical and Electronic ) along for recycling. ERP is Ireland’s only pan European compliance scheme for electrical waste and battery recycling. On the day 278 children visited Santa and an incredible 36kg of WEEE toys was recycled and 46kg of batteries were recycled, which is the equivalent of over 1,840 AA batteries.
Speaking about the success of the day, Martin Tobin, general manager for ERP Ireland said, “We were delighted that Santa was able to take time out of his busy schedule to help us with our Christmas Appeal. The outstanding collection of WEEE toys and batteries shows the dedication of Westmeath residents to recycling and we urge people to keep up the good work.”