Tue, 15th Feb, 2022
For the second year in a row, KMK Metals Recycling’s annual Christmas lights recycling campaign across three shopping centres in the midlands, was affected by low footfall amid COVID-19 restrictions, but the company has once again matched its pre-Covid donation of €600 to the Midlands Simon Community.
Every year in the run up to Christmas, KMK Metals Recycling places specially-designed trolleys in Tullamore’s Bridge Shopping Centre, Harbour Place Shopping Centre in Mullingar and Golden Island Shopping Centre in Athlone to give shoppers the opportunity to recycle old and broken Christmas lights for free. Any money raised goes directly to the charity, which supports homeless people across the midlands.
KMK Metals Recycling’s General Manager, Max Kyck, commented. “Over the years, we have always had a great response to our Christmas lights recycling appeal and hopefully this year things will get back to normal, and shoppers will be back supporting local retailers. The good news is that the message about the need to recycle is still getting through, as we received a large amount of Christmas lights from local recycling centres. We are delighted to keep up our support of the Midlands Simon Community, which provides much-needed help to the homeless across the midlands.”
Midlands Simon Community offers many services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to help get them back on their feet as quickly as possible. The charity offers services and support to people in the Midlands region of Offaly, Westmeath, Laois and Longford and aims to help users of the service to rebuild their lives and move out of homelessness into a permanent home.
Noel Greene, Community Fundraising Coordinator at Midlands Simon Community, said: “Regular support from individuals, groups and companies like KMK Metals Recycling, helps us to keep providing assistance to many people who need it, all across this region. This is so important as the problem of homelessness and the threat of homelessness is not going away and indeed has worsened due to the pandemic.”
KMK Metals Recycling Ltd. provides for the environmentally sound management of waste metal in all its forms and collects 75% of Ireland’s waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), bringing it to two state-of-the-art facilities in Tullamore, Co. Offaly and Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, where it is processed by a team of highly-qualified staff using the best available technology. The company employs approximately 130 local people.