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Environment Minister launches ecosurety Schools Battery Recycling Campaign for Wales (23/03/2011)

The Welsh Assembly Government Environment Minister Jane Davidson today (Wednesday 23 March 2011) launched the ecosurety Schools Battery Recycling Campaign for schools across Wales with the aim of recycling four million batteries by the end of 2011.


The ecosurety Schools Battery Recycling Campaign for Wales is launched just over a week after The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing called for Local Authorities to work with the Welsh Assembly Government to combat waste and cut costs in line with the country’s ambition to recycle 70 per cent of its waste by 2025.


WAG Environment Minister Jane Davidson (centre right) with St Mary's Primary School's eco-committee (Newport), Tom Bevan – WAG Climate Change Champion, Cardiff High School (far right), and Steve Clark - MD of ecosurety (centre left) to launch the ecosurety Schools Battery Recycling Campaign for Wales.
WAG Environment Minister Jane Davidson (centre right) with St Mary's Primary School's eco-committee (Newport), Tom Bevan – WAG Climate Change Champion, Cardiff High School (far right), and Steve Clark - MD of ecosurety (centre left) to launch the ecosurety Schools Battery Recycling Campaign for Wales.
Image credit: James Sandercock Photography


Speaking at the launch, held at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Newport, The Minister said:


"If we are to reach our target of recycling 70 per cent of our waste by 2025 and being zero waste by 2050 we all have to play our part. In addition we need to ensure that we are not just recycling those substances which are easy to recycle, and we are not just recycling in the home.


"It is wonderful that so many children are so enthusiastic about recycling and about preventing waste. We have a duty to educate and inform them in the safe and sustainable disposal of waste and it is imperative that we offer them easy and fun ways to get recycling in school and at home. Take up of schemes such as this, which offer teaching resources and waste collection support, should be encouraged in schools across Wales.


"I believe this country has a great green future if the St Mary's pupils have anything to do with it."


The ecosurety Schools Recycling Campaign has been devised by education professionals with the help of children and offers schools a free, easy, fun and educational Battery Recycling Pack to inspire and inform pupils, their parents or carers, and school staff. The Campaign’s Schools Battery Recycling pack includes a school assembly introduction to battery recycling, curriculum led teaching resources for Key Stages 1 and 2, recycling collection boxes, bags and posters, an inter-school recycling competition and prizes, as well as the ongoing collection of batteries for recycling.


Steve Clark, MD of ecosurety, said at today’s launch:


“As a leader in the business of recycling and waste compliance, ecosurety wanted to offer a scheme that schools can easily join to improve the number of domestic batteries recycled across Wales. Our campaign is fun, accessible and aims to change battery usage and recycling behaviour in the long-term. We want to play our part in supporting the One Planet Living agenda and believe our schools are the best place to start.”


Depositing batteries in landfill is harmful to the environment, and to us. As the batteries break down they can leak heavy metals and toxic chemicals, causing soil contamination and water pollution. The ecosurety Schools Recycling Campaign gives children, parents and schools the opportunity to make a real difference.


Get involved…Whether you’re a student or a teacher, a parent or guardian, it’s easy to promote battery recycling in your local school. The ecosurety Schools Battery Recycling Campaign is designed to be child or teacher led, will boost your school’s green credentials and help the environment. If you want to learn more or get involved, visit www.recyclenow.co.uk/schools-recycling-how-you-can-make-a-difference.asp


Did you know?


  • EU law states that by 2012 the UK should be recycling 25 per cent of all batteries. By 2016 this figure should rise to 45 per cent. In 2009, only 3% of household batteries were recycled.
  • Useful materials within the batteries (zinc, nickel and lead) are recovered at a reprocessing plant and used in manufacturing to create new products, including batteries, paint, saucepans, lights, coins and TV screens.
  • 600 million batteries went into landfill in 2009 – that’s enough to fill 110 jumbo jets or 3,220 elephants.