Kingdom on Target to Win Recycling Double

Released: 24 June 2009

2008 ERP Recycling champions, Kerry, are well on their way to being crowned Kings of Recycling for the second year running. The Kingdom, which has collected 56 tonnes of electronic waste since January, narrowly trails Meath by just ½ tonne. With two ERP “Be Free” recycling days set for July, Kerry is in great shape to regain and indeed retain the lead and “do the double” this year. The free recycling days will take place on the 3rd and 4th July in Supervalu car park, Killorglin and the Mart, Listowel respectively.  Both open days will run from 10am – 4pm.

ERP, which launched its Be Free campaign and open days in Tralee in March of this year, is expecting a good turnout at next month’s events. Over 250 tonnes of electronic waste was collected at recycling days in Kerry in 2008, far exceeding any other county in ERP’s jurisdictions. The organisers are confident that Kerry will top this figure in 2009 for the second year running but it is up to everyone in Kerry to ensure that Kerry does the double!

Martin Tobin, General Manager of ERP Ireland said: “We are delighted to be returning to the Kingdom, where we launched our highly successful Be Free campaign recently. Since our launch in March we have collected a total of almost 700 tonnes of electronic waste from our free recycling days in Ireland, with Kerry responsible for a third of this! Kerry has a strong record in electronic recycling, which I’m sure will be continued in Killorglin and Listowel.”

“Also this year, Mercy Secondary School, Tralee, was crowned regional winners in our design a WEEE recycled garden, schools competition, with their design framed and displayed at the Phoenix Park at Bloom 2009,” Martin added.

The ERP open days in Killorglin and Listowel offer an opportunity to dispose of all types of electronic waste and used batteries of any type. Members of the public can bring along items such as TV’s, washing machines, IT equipment, fridge freezers and stereos, anything that has or indeed had a battery or a plug and ERP will recycle it free of charge. ERP is also encouraging people to bring along any used batteries that maybe lying around the home or garage - from radio batteries to your mobile phone battery (AA, AAA, PP9, etc) even rechargeable batteries and car batteries.

Electronic waste and waste batteries is the fastest growing category of electronic waste in the world and ERP is encouraging the people of Kerry to keep up their good work in diverting electronic waste from Kerry’s landfills. ERP recycling officers will be on hand to help with the unloading of items.

In the week leading up to ERP’s open days in Killorglin and Listowel, ERP is partnering with Radio Kerry to give listeners the chance to win a lightweight foldaway bike. ERP & Radio Kerry will also be giving away solar powered mobile phone chargers as part of the competition.

On display at both open days will be ERP’s innovative recycled garden, a life sized garden with magnificent floral displays growing out of various household appliances. Recyclers on the days will also receive a thank you card containing a seed mat of local wild, cottage, medicinal and herbal plants. For more information visit: www.befreewitherp.ie.

Did you know?

·         In 2008, ERP collected 250 tonnes of electronic waste in Kerry, that’s the equivalent in weight of: 50,000 Sam Maguire Cups or 36 double decker buses

·         So far in 2009, ERP has collected 56 tonnes of electronic waste in Kerry, that’s the equivalent in weight of:11,200 Sam Maguire Cups or 8 double decker busses

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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