Pupils are being encouraged to take old batteries to school as part of an environmental initiative during Recycle Week
Rhondda Cynon Taf students are doing their bit during Recycling Week by increasing battery recycling rates across the County Borough.
The Council, in partnership with Amgen Cymru and ERP Recycling, launched its Schools’ Battery Recycling Competition earlier this year, aimed at making it easier for pupils, staff and parents to recycle their batteries and prevent them from going to landfill.
The scheme, involving around 50 Primary and Secondary schools from across the county borough, is proving extremely popular with the pupils, each doing their best to see how many used batteries they can collect.
The schools collecting the most batteries will win prizes at the end of the school year.
Pupils have until the end of June to gather up all of their used domestic batteries and take them into school, where they will then be collected and recycled.
The top three primary or secondary schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf that recycle the most batteries will be awarded £250, £150, and £100 respectively.
Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, said: “I am delighted that so many of our students are supporting Recycling Week and are thinking about their environment.
“We all have an important part to play in making Rhondda Cynon Taf a cleaner and more environmentally-friendly place to live, to work and to play.
“Our recycling rates for the whole County Borough are extremely encouraging and we now have to build upon this to ensure we are not just recycling those substances which are easy to recycle - and not just recycling at home.
“We can also recycle at school as well as at work, which is why our Schools’ Battery Recycling Competition is so important to us.
“We are committed to doing all we can to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and will continue to invest for the future to ensure we have the schemes, high-quality vehicles and easy-to-use facilities that people rely upon to recycle.
“The Council is committed to making our County Borough a pioneer in recycling and waste management.”
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “It is encouraging to see our children so enthused about this initiative to recycle and prevent batteries from going to landfill. By adopting green attitudes and being conscious about waste at such a young age, these pupils are doing all they can to conserve resources, save energy and protect their environment.
“We all have a duty to educate and inform them about the safe and sustainable disposal of waste. This School Battery Recycling Competition is an easy and fun way to do this.”
The UK uses more than 620 million household batteries every year - and by recycling batteries, everyone is able to help their environment by combating waste and cutting costs in line with the country’s ambition to recycle 70 per cent of its waste by 2025.
Depositing domestic batteries in landfill is harmful to the environment and to us. As the batteries break down they leak heavy metals and toxic chemicals into the land, causing soil contamination and water pollution.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s School Battery Recycling Competition is a fun, accessible and easy way for students to recycle domestic batteries and to make a difference.
As well as recycling batteries, green schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf also recycle paper, food and plastics as part of the Eco-Schools Green Flag Awards Scheme.
Most types of batteries can be recycled - all AAA and AA cells, rechargeable batteries, button batteries, as well as mobile phone, laptop and powertool batteries.
For more information about the Council’s battery recycling initiative call Ty Amgen on 01685 870770 or visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling