Kerry Continues to Break Recycling Records

Released: 02 April 2009

Kerry, who topped the ERP (European Recycling Platform) recycling poll in 2008, has gone one step further, by breaking their own record and collecting more electronic waste than ever before.

Over 1,000 cars turned out on Saturday for ERP’s very first, “Be Free” recycling event, which was held in the Mart, Tralee. 56 tonnes of electronic waste was collected on the day – the equivalent in weight to 7 double decker buses!

Eco-champion, Duncan Stewart, who was in Tralee to launch the event said: “The response to Saturday’s event was overwhelming. It was fantastic to see so many Kerry people, especially families with young children coming along to take part and to learn more about the importance of recycling. It was truly inspiring to see the level of interest young children have in the environment.”

Martin Tobin, general manager of ERP Ireland said: “Kerry has a very strong record of recycling, having recycled more electronic waste then any of our other counties in 2008.  This trend looks set to continue in 2009, judging by the number of people who came along on Saturday to do their bit for the environment!” 

The event on Saturday was the official launch of ERP’s new Be Free campaign, which encourages people to Be Free of their electrical waste and used batteries. Designed to be fun and educational, the event provided a one-stop-shop for all of Kerry’s electronic recycling needs. Alongside an electronic waste collection point, one of the highlights of the day included a recycled garden – a life-size kitchen with floral displays growing out of common household appliances.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Ted Fitzgerald commented: “ERP provide a fantastic service to the people of Kerry by bringing recycling facilities to areas without year round amenities. Once again, the people of Kerry can hold their heads up high when it comes to recycling – collecting more electronic goods than ever before!”

Attendees on the day received a free seed mat of local wild, cottage, medicinal and herbal plants. The Radio Kerry’s road caster was also onsite on the day, giving out solar powered mobile phone charges and tickets to the bloom festival to the lucky winners.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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