Householders in Mayo recycled 4,500 less batteries through retailers last year than in 2019, according to new figures from WEEE Ireland.
The study shows that consumers in Co Mayo brought 152,680 used batteries – that's 3.8 tonnes - back to supermarkets, hardware and electronic stores in 2020.
However, that's a drop of 4,560 on the number of batteries recycled through retailers the previous year.
Nationally, for every 10 AA batteries sold on the market, only four are returned for recycling, with 20% of people in a recent survey admitting to dumping used batteries in general waste bins.
Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland, says recycling batteries is as easy as taking them to your nearest supermarket or recycling centre, and plays a huge part in helping to protect the environment.
For every battery recycled, WEEE Ireland makes a contribution towards Laura Lynn Children's Hospice.