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Irish WEEE scheme charity donation hits EUR 500 000

Kerry McLaverty, CEO, LauraLynn, with Leo Donovan, CEO, WEEE Ireland, at the presentation of a €40,000 cheque from WEEE Ireland's 2022 battery recycling campaign, bringing its total contribution to LauraLynn to €520,000 since the partnership began 11 years ago. Picture: Andres Poveda Photography.

Ireland’s largest e-scrap producer responsibility scheme has donated EUR 40 000 to the country’s only children’s hospice, LauraLynn. The cash brings the total given by WEEE Ireland in the 11 years the hospice has been open to EUR 520 000.

The LauraLynn campus in Leopardstown, south Dublin has cared for more than 500 children and their families, with more than 340 currently receiving care and support. 
Every battery recycled by WEEE Ireland generates a donation to support LauraLynn’s work. This year’s donation will provide overnight respite breaks for families, paying for carers to give parents a break and a chance for families to rest, recharge, relax and enjoy precious time together.

‘The funds that we have received from WEEE Ireland as a result of the battery campaign have had such a positive impact on the children and families who avail of LauraLynn’s care and specialised supports,’ says LauraLynn ceo Kerry McLaverty.

Leo Donovan, ceo of WEEE Ireland, says: ‘WEEE Ireland is delighted to be part of LauraLynn’s story since 2011. As well as supporting the fantastic work of LauraLynn, recycling batteries plays a huge part in helping protect the environment for future generations.’ 

He is encouraging people to recycle more batteries and avoid throwing them in household bins. 

‘For the millions of batteries not recycled properly every year, we lose precious elements and important resources. The hazardous material they release has an impact on human health and our environment,’ Donovan adds. ‘Recycling used batteries properly is as simple as consumers bagging them up on their next shopping or recycling trip.’

In 2021, the equivalent of almost 55 million AA batteries were recycled by households in counties where WEEE Ireland operates.

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