School­child­ren in re­cy­cling power play

Pilbara News - - Education - Ali­cia Perera

■ Bat­tery World may have only moved into Kar­ratha last month, but the com­pany is al­ready tak­ing charge and ed­u­cat­ing lo­cal chil­dren about the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling elec­tri­cal prod­ucts.

Bat­tery World has been run­ning Aus­tralia’s only bat­tery re­cy­cling pro­gram since 2007.

Since com­ing to the Pil­bara, Bat­tery World has brought re­cy­cling bins to Kar­ratha Pri­mary and Pegs Creek pri­mary schools, prompt­ing other lo­cal schools to ex­press in­ter­est in the pro­gram for 2016.

Bat­tery World Kar­ratha fran­chisee Rus­sell Tay­lor said dis­pos­ing of dead bat­ter­ies re­spon­si­bly was im­por­tant be­cause of the sheer vol­ume that mod­ern house­holds used.

“Re­cy­cling is a com­mu­nity is­sue that af­fects us all,” he said.

“Many peo­ple don’t re­alise the av­er­age per­son uses 45 dif­fer­ent types of bat­ter­ies in their home — from com­put­ers and TV re- motes to other gad­gets, the av­er­age house­hold with chil­dren uses 109 bat­ter­ies. That’s an aw­ful lot of bat­ter­ies of­ten end­ing up in land­fill.”

There is no leg­is­la­tion or fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive for Aus­tralian bat­tery pro­duc­ers or re­tail­ers to re­cy­cle them re­spon­si­bly, de­spite en­vi­ron­men­tal dan­gers.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ex­press in­ter­est in the bat­tery re­cy­cling pro­gram for the next school year, con­tact Bat­tery World Kar­ratha on 9144 2682.

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