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Pupils collect tonnes of batteries!

Created on 12/11/2020 @ 07:50


Schools across Powys have collected almost three tonnes of household batteries after taking part in a recycling challenge.

Powys County Council, together with European Recycling Platform (ERP UK), organised the battery recycling competition, which saw thousands of Powys school children take part before lockdown began.

The competition was open to all schools within the county and encouraged pupils to collect used batteries and bring them into school to be recycled. Between November 2019 and February 2020, the 52 participating schools collected a staggering amount of batteries between them.

ERP UK, who sponsored the competition, donated Amazon vouchers to the three winning schools from the south and middle of the county, provided the battery collection boxes and arranged the recycling.

Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, thanked all the schools that took part in the challenge.

“Recycling batteries is good for the environment as this conserves resources and saves energy by reducing the need for new raw materials,” said Cllr Hulme.

“Children are often real advocates for recycling, and it is heartening to see so many Powys pupils show such enthusiasm and commitment to this competition. Their willingness to collect batteries to send to recycling gives us hope that the future of our local environment is in the safe hands of the next generation.”

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