Every year 8000 tonnes of used batteries are discarded in Australia creating what the Australian Bureau of Statistics says is the most common form of hazardous waste disposed of by Australian households. Think Green, Act Purple. National Recycling Week 2011 is 7th-13th November.
Now in an environmentally responsible response Battery World guarantees to recycle of correctly dispose of all the batteries they sell when they are returned to Battery World stores.
With only one in 10 sheets of office paper currently being recycled, Planet Ark is encouraging individuals to set aside time on Friday 11 November to de-clutter their filing cabinets, to give used paper another life and to raise office paper recycling rates.
In a 2004 published report, the handset manufacturing industrys peak representative body, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), revealed that the collection scheme has only caught a fraction of the estimated 5.5 million mobiles retired since it started in 1999.
Most Australian households get rid of used batteries in their normal rubbish collection the ABS report published in 2003 (4602.0 Environmental Issues Peoples Views and Practices) says.
Greg Leslie, Franchisee and instigator of the recycling program at Battery World explained that -
We take all consumer type of batteries from carbon; alkaline; NiCd; NiMh; Lithium, lead acid, automotive, VRLA.
As a company selling batteries we believe that we should be proactive in helping the consumers dispose of them correctly, he said.
Look for BW Man to dispose of batteries safely
Battery World says schools can assist the environment and benefit too by establishing a battery collection station at the school. Local Battery World stores will install and maintain the special purple bins free.
Automotive batteries are not allowed in the school battery collection stations. Battery World can collect these.
Battery World told GoSee that most batteries contain heavy metals which are the main cause for environmental concern.
Disposed of incorrectly, the heavy metals may leak into the ground when the battery erodes.
This contributes to soil and water pollution and endangers wildlife. Some components in batteries can be toxic to fish and make them unfit for human consumption.
(l to r) Paul Jared and Greg help schools with responsible battery disposal
To the average Australian consumer, a battery is a battery. They are not always aware of its chemistry, its ability to be recycled or the effects that battery can have on our environment if disposed of incorrectly.
In Australia, except for lead acid type chemistries, all other battery disposal collection for recycling overseas is done by MRI Australia. At present MRI export batteries to recycling facilities in France and Asia, Battery World said.
Scientists, industry, environmentalists, government and recyclers investigated the feasibility of building Australias first plant for recycling consumer product batteries like Alkaline household batteries and Wagga Wagga, NSW has been chosen as the site of the plant.
Battery World offers consumers a free battery recycling service.
Businesses are welcome to contact a Battery World store to make commercial arrangements to dispose of their batteries.
Battery World Enogerra is part of a community which has worked with schools for 138 years.
In 1871 the first school opened in Enoggera. Enoggera is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland about 8km north-west of the Brisbane Centre Business District.
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Battery away at Battery World Enoggera Qld
Jared of Battery World Enogerra does the right thing