Limerick Breaks Recycling Record

Wednesday April 22nd, 2009

Limerick Breaks Recycling Record

Over 32 tonnes collected by ERP in Rathkeale & Coonagh

Limerick, who scooped second place in the ERP (European Recycling Platform) recycling poll in 2008, has gone one step further, by breaking their own record and collecting more electronic waste than ever before!

Over 765 cars turned out for two free recycling days, which were held in Rathkeale on Friday and in Coonagh on Saturday. A total of 32 tonnes was collected at both events - the equivalent in weight of 4 double decker buses, and over twice the amount collected over a similar period in 2008.

Martin Tobin, general manager of ERP Ireland said: “The success of both events and the sheer volume of waste collected this weekend is a result of Limerick’s commitment to recycling. Congratulations to everyone who came along on Friday and Saturday and played their part in breaking Limerick’s recycling record.

The events last weekend are part of ERP’s new “Be Free” campaign to encourage people to “Be Free” of their electrical waste and used batteries. Both events provided a one-stop-shop for all of Limerick’s electronic recycling needs.

Alongside an electronic waste collection point, one of the highlights at both events was the ERP recycled garden – a life-size kitchen with floral displays growing out of common household appliances.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr John Gilligan commented: “ERP provides a great service to Limerick by bringing recycling facilities to areas without year round amenities. It was great that so many people came out to show their green credentials and to take advantage of the recycling service at both “Be Free” recycling events.  Once again, Limerick can hold its heads high when it comes to recycling”.

Recyclers on the day received a thank you card containing a free seed mat of local wild, cottage, medicinal and herbal plants. Limerick Live 95 FM’s road caster also broadcast live from the “Be Free” recycling day at Tesco in Coonagh, with spot prize giveaways for attendees.

To find out when ERP’s “Be Free” recycling days are returning to Limerick simply log on to

About ERP:

The European Recycling Platform was set up in December 2002 by Braun, Electrolux, HP and Sony in response to the introduction of the European Union’s Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive. ERP’s mission is to ensure cost effective implementation of the directive, for the benefit of the participating companies and their customers. This is achieved through innovative waste management strategies and by encouraging national implementation of the directive according to a set of core principles, fundamental to the protection of consumers and business, as well as the environment.

ERP is the first WEEE compliance scheme to be permitted and to launch operations in multiple European countries and thus the first scheme to pass on the advantages of multinational recycling operations to the consumer. ERP has proved to be the most competitive solution for companies in the countries where it has started to operate.

ERP is already operational in eleven countries – in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the UK.

For more information on ERP, please visit

For further information please contact:

Grace O’Reilly in the ERP press office at Hill and Knowlton;

Tel: 01 662 6930


Last update:29/04/2009