Bat­ter­ies kept in loop

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

MUN­DAR­ING Shire shines at re­cy­cling com­pact flu­o­res­cent lamps and bat­ter­ies.

The coun­cil re­cently re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the Eastern Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gional Coun­cil for sup­port­ing the lo­cal author­ity’s col­lec­tion pro­grams.

EMRC has pre­vented more than 15.5 tonnes of bat­ter­ies and 1.5 tonnes of com­pact flu­o­res­cent lamps (CFLs) and tubes from en­ter­ing land­fill in the eastern met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion in the past 12 months.

The Shire’s ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing con­trib­uted by col­lect­ing 222.4kg of bat­ter­ies and 46.5kg of lamps.

Bat­ter­ies placed in land­fill are likely to leak into the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment and CFLs pose a risk as many con­tain small amounts of mer­cury.

Shire in­fras­truc­ture ser­vices direc­tor Shane Purdy said the EMRC ini­tia­tives con­trib­uted to main­tain­ing the area’s en­vi­ron­men­tal health.

“It is im­por­tant for our en­vi­ron­ment that we en­sure th­ese ma­te­ri­als don’t dis­in­te­grate in land­fill and let out poi­sonous met­als,” he said.

In the Shire, bat­ter­ies can be dis­posed of at sev­eral con­ve­nient lo­ca­tions.

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