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Pupils collect 1.72 tonnes of batteries

 
Created on 09/03/2018 @ 09:58
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Schools across the county collected over 1.7 tonnes of household batteries – more than the weight of a medium-sized family car – after taking part in a battery recycling challenge.

Powys County Council organised the free battery recycling competition during the autumn school term, which saw over 4,000 schoolchildren take part.

The competition encouraged youngsters to collect batteries for recycling, from home and at school. The schoolchildren collected an incredible 1.73 tonnes of domestic batteries between September and December 2017.

Llanbedr Church in Wales School, near Crickhowell, was the competition’s winners after they collected an impressive 4.77kg of batteries per pupil. They will now receive £300 worth of Amazon vouchers.

European Recycling Platform (ERP), which has sponsored the competition, has donated the Amazon vouchers. ERP also provided the battery collection boxes and arranged the recycling of the batteries.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, praised all the schools who took part in the challenge.

“We have estimated that over 78,000 individual batteries have been diverted from landfill thanks to the competition,” said Cllr Davies.

 

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