Young people all over Rhondda Cynon Taf embraced our Battery Recycling Competition - thank you all!
Students across Rhondda Cynon Taf collected 948kgs of used batteries - more than the weight of a small family car or 10 washing machines!
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, proved to be extremely popular, with pupils of all ages ‘fully charged’ with the task in hand – to collect as many used batteries as possible.
The schools collecting the most batteries would ultimately win cash prizes, a trip to the Bryn Pica landfill site at Llwydcoed, and the chance to meet the Council’s very-own ‘green’ mascots Rhys Cycle and Battery Girl.
Ynyscynon Early Learning Centre collected the most used batteries, with Caradog Primary School and Porth Infants School the runners-up. The three schools won £250, £150, and £100 respectively.
The awards were presented by Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, supported by Amgen Cymru commercial manager Lynne Davies and ERP Recycling business manager David Harding.
Cllr Ann Crimmings said: “I am delighted that so many of our students took part in our Schools’ Battery Recycling Competition. The number of batteries returned to us has been staggering.
“To put it into comparison, a small family car weighs around 948kgs, as do three average-size motorbikes, an average-size touring caravan and TEN average-size front-loading washing machines!
“Each battery that has been recycled will be put to another use, further helping the 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 landfilll and my congratulations go to the pupils and schools that took part.
“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.”
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.
Most types of batteries can be recycled - all AAA and AA cells, rechargeable batteries, button batteries, as well as mobile phone, laptop and power tool batteries.
For more information about the Council’s battery recycling initiatives call Ty Amgen on 01685 870770 or visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling