Batteries kept in loop
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.