Over 333,000 batteries returned for recycling in Tipperary last year

Six million batteries were recycled through Ireland’s main supermarkets last year, but Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland, warns that 20% of us are ignoring the green message and dumping used batteries in general waste bins. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Just under 334,000 batteries were brought back to retailers in Tipperary for recycling last year.

That equates to 8.3 tonnes of batteries, and it’s an annual increase of 12,000 batteries returned by environmentally-conscious consumers.

Across the country, there were 7.8 million batteries given back to retailers – 3.2 million of which were recycled at Aldi stores alone.

Recycling advocates WEEE Ireland have however found that only four out of every 10 AA batteries sold are returned for recycling.