Santa Helps Monaghan Power Towards a Green Christmas

17 December 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Santa paid a very special visit to Clones Branch Library on Friday to help the European Recycling Platform (ERP), launch it’s Christmas Appeal in Monaghan. ERP is Ireland’s only pan European compliance scheme for electrical waste and battery recycling and in association with Monaghan County Council, local children were able to pay a visit to Santa in his grotto and bring their used batteries along for recycling. An incredible 56kg of batteries were recycled, which is the equivalent of over 2,200 AA batteries!

Speaking about the success of the day, Martin Tobin, General Manager for ERP Ireland said: “We were delighted that Santa was able to take time out of his busy schedule to help us with our Christmas Appeal. It is estimated that 32 million batteries (800 tonnes) will be purchased in the run up to Christmas. If each person in Ireland were to bring just one battery back to the retailer when purchasing new ones, or to their local recycling centre, then an amazing 100 tonnes of waste would be diverted from landfill.”

Mayor of Monaghan, Cllr. Jackie Crowe said: “It is extremely important to divert old batteries from landfill and we are proud that the people of Monaghan supported the ERP Christmas Appeal by recycling their unwanted batteries. We encourage residents to keep up the good work and continue to recycle old batteries in stores or at local amenity centres over Christmas and into the New Year.”

Remember you can recycle your used batteries and household electrical waste for free at local amenity site:
Scotch Corner Recycling Centre, Catleblaney, Co. Monaghan.
Carrickmacross Recycling Centre, Convent Lands, Carrickmacross
Those buying new electronic items and batteries can also return their old items free of charge (as long as the items are of equivalent type).
Further information can be found at

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