25,000 used batteries weighing in at 480kgs have been collected by the students of St Patrick’s National School  in Castlebar over the last number of weeks as they took part in a recycling project with WEE Ireland.

Today the Big Battery Hunt presentation took place in the school.

The initiative was undertaken by the school secretary Aoife McIntyre and Liz McManamon was the teacher co-ordinator.

Ben Walsh is a 5th class student in St Patrick’s who himself added 3,450 used batteries to the collection.

He told Midwest News today that it's important for the environment that used batteries are disposed of safely.

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