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Give the earth a break there is no catch in free National Recycling Week battery disposal challenge

November 07, 2011
Give the earth a  break there  is no catch in free National Recycling Week battery disposal challenge

There is no catch in Battery Worlds committment to be part of Planet Arks National Recycling week from today until Sunday November 13, Australia's biggest battery chain says.

Campaign founder and Battery World recycling spokesman Greg Leslie said today car batteries can be dropped at any stores with no obligation to purchase anything.

Customers can come in, drop off their old car batteries and we will take care of their recycling, Greg Leslie said. Its a way of showing that we genuinely do care about the environment and the community.

Batteries are an integral part of modern life. Improperly disposed batteries are a serious problem posing a risk not only to the environment but to human health as well. Properly disposed their toxic components can be salvaged saving energy, valuable natural resources and limiting environmental damage.

Battery World will tally the batteries from each state at the end of National Recycling Week.

In a State of Origin like battle, Australias largest battery chain, wants to see which state can flush out the unaccounted car batteries Planet Ark says are lying idle in peoples backyards, garages and sheds.

Albion Battery World franchisee Keenan Shore said it was a great way for the community to get involved in the annual event.

Our research together with Planet Arks shows many people still dont know what to do with these batteries, Keenan said. Shockingly some are still being tossed in household recycling and compost bins.

Already we have made a commitment as an organisation to recycle domestic batteries like AAs more than 8000 tonnes of those end up in landfill. That was started in 2007. With 1.8 million car batteries bought each year, lets see what the car battery challenge flushes out.

Planet Ark Brad Gray said the annual recycling week not only reminded us all there were many things we could be recycling but tipped the balance back in earths favour.

Batteries contain heavy metals and chemicals. When they go into landfill, they can corrode which release toxins into the environment. Landfills also represent a waste of valuable resources like lead, Mr Gray said.

Initiatives like this from Battery World helps encourage people to think about what they are doing with their old batteries. Australians do have a good record of recycling car or lead acid batteries but as many as 49 percent are either not disposed of properly or sitting in peoples garages waiting to be recycled. This program is a great way to get that 49 percent of remaining batteries recycled and disposed of properly.

Battery Worlds Think Green, Act Purple ethos makes things easier for everyone to recycle.

Look for BW Man to dispose of batteries safely
Look for BW Man to dispose of batteries safely