Ba­tree re­cov­ers 36 tonnes in used bat­ter­ies

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Re­cy­cling co­op­er­a­tive GreenPak bat­tery col­lec­tion scheme has retrieved over 36 tonnes of used bat­ter­ies since it was launched 18 months ago, which have all been re­cy­cled rather than be­ing dumped and left to con­tam­i­nate the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Ba­tree, funded by pri­vate in­dus­try, has col­lected more than dou­ble the vol­ume of bat­ter­ies than the gov­ern­ment-run Bat­te­rina cam­paign which it re­placed.

GreenPak CEO Mario Schem­bri said: “The Ba­tree cam­paign has ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions since we took it over last year and this is down to the pub­lic who have re­acted very pos­i­tively to this en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tive.

“Along with other en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives pro­moted by GreenPak, Ba­tree is help­ing to make Malta a bet­ter place and we will re­dou­ble our ef­forts to fur­ther im­prove these pos­i­tive col­lec­tion sta­tis­tics.”

Al­most nine 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 Xagħra, which av­er­aged an im­pres­sive 17.5kg of bat­ter­ies per stu­dent and was awarded a com­puter, 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.

Col­lec­tions are still on­go­ing and the com­pe­ti­tion will also be run next year for par­tic­i­pat­ing schools.

An es­ti­mated two mil­lion por­ta­ble bat­ter­ies are im­ported in Malta each year and are found in many in­dis­pens­able de­vices in­clud­ing mo­bile phones, lap­top com­put­ers and other equip­ment.

Re­cent fig­ures pub­lished by Euro­stat shows that Malta now col­lects 39% of its bat­ter­ies for re­cy­cling, inch­ing closer to the EU-wide tar­get of 45%, but it is still be­hind the top col­lect­ing coun­tries led by Bel­gium which re­trieves 71%.

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 leak­ing chem­i­cals into the soil and even­tu­ally into the oceans.

At present, there are 500 col­lec­tion points across Malta and Gozo and the bulk of the bat­ter­ies are col­lected mainly by schools, out­lets and waste man­age­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

The list of col­lec­tion points can be found on the GreenPak web­site http://www.greenpak.com.mt/ Flex­i­man­ager/Siteim­ages/ed­i­toru­pload/Ba­tree/20180302_C ol­lec­tionPoints.pdf

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