Preschoolers in Limerick recycle more than their weight in Batteries!

An education based battery recycling campaign aimed at preschool children run jointly by European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Early Childhood Ireland is today rewarding a small preschool in Limerick for collecting the most number of batteries for recycling.  Minister Quinn protects frontline education services in Budget 2013

Children at the Caroline O’Dowd Montessori Preschool in Crecora in Limerick collected a whopping 385kg of used batteries, equating to the weight of 200,000 AA batteries.* With just 11 children in attendance, the winners collected more than their own weight in batteries at 32.9kg* per child, an amazing achievement for the young recyclers. They win an ERP Recycling Party, complete with magic and puppet show, balloon modelling and face paint, as well as a trophy and a voucher to the value of €250.

This campaign is part of an on-going commitment from ERP and Early Childhood Ireland to put recycling and sustainability at the heart of the preschool curriculum.  According to the organisers, it has achieved great support in its first year and has gone a long way towards educating a younger audience to recycle through fun and engaging activities, as well as encouraging the 90% of preschools that had never before recycled to do so.

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald stated: "I wish to commend Early Childhood Ireland and ERP on this superb initiative which recognises that efforts to encourage recycling and positive behaviour can be assisted by starting with the early years. I also wish to congratulate the children and staff of the Caroline O’Dowd Montessori Preschool in Limerick on collecting the most number of batteries for recycling."

Irene Gunning CEO of Early Childhood Ireland said: “I want to add our praise and congratulations to the children, parents and staff of Caroline O’Dowd Montessori Preschool who really embraced this programme and made it happen.  This campaign blends so well with the green, environmentally friendly nature of the Irish preschool curriculum and it is important to share the success story from Limerick to encourage others to jump onboard.  This is a fun, simple and effective recycling campaign, where the children take centre stage and build real understanding and skills for their future education and career paths which hopefully will remain very green.”

Speaking about the campaign, Yvonne Holmes, Head of Corporate Communications, ERP, said, “We are very pleased with the response we have had to the preschool battery recycling initiative, the first of its kind launched in Ireland. One of the key objectives of ERP is to drive awareness and promote positive behavioural change and what a better time to start than at preschool! I would like to congratulate all those that took part and in particular, our winners in Limerick. It is great to see children from a young age learning about the important activity of recycling and diverting so many batteries from landfill.”

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*Based on the weight of an AA battery per full time student