Schoolchildren in recycling power play
■ 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.