BATREE recovers 36 tonnes in used batteries
GreenPak’s battery collection scheme, BATREE, has retrieved over 36 tonnes of used batteries since it’s launch in March 2017, which have all been recycled rather than being dumped and left to contaminate the natural environment.
Almost 9 tonnes in batteries were collected by over 100 schools over the past scholastic year after GreenPak introduced a competition to incentivise collection.
The largest volume of batteries was collected by St Francis School in Xaghra, which averaged an impressive 17.5kg of batteries per student and was awarded a laptop, while Eduardo Trombino walked home with a tablet for being the top pupil collector. These prizes were kindly provided by V.J. Salomone Marketing Limited.
By providing battery collection services, GreenPak is actively engaged in preventing huge amounts of batteries containing toxic and corrosive materials from being dumped together with other household waste. When batteries are not placed in the BATREE bins, these could end up leaching chemicals into in the soil and eventually into the oceans.
At present, there are around 500 collection points across Malta and Gozo and the bulk of the batteries are collected mainly by schools, outlets, and waste management facilities.
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