Added on: 15th December, 2017 by Morgan_37070
Households in Nottingham are being encouraged to recycle their old batteries in the run up to Christmas as research reveals there are an estimated 950,000 used batteries in the region’s homes.
REPIC - the UK’s largest not-for-profit Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) producer recycling scheme – who commissioned the study, is urging people in the city to recycle their old batteries with the help of an animation created by school children.
The national survey of over 1,000 UK households revealed that 47% of people in Nottingham don’t recycle their old batteries. UK-wide, the study found that 42% of respondents admitted they do not recycle their old batteries. 38% of these claimed they didn’t know where to recycle them, 24% said they didn’t know you could recycle them and 21% didn’t know they should recycle them.
REPIC’s animation, which was created with help from primary school children, is available to view at www.responsible-recycling.co.uk. It aims to educate children and their families on the importance - and best practice - of battery recycling.
The children illustrated the recycling process, drawing futuristic robot designs to show what goes on inside a battery recycling plant. A number of pupils were also invited to narrate the animation.
The animation has been launched in the run up to Christmas – a time when many people will be looking to throw out old toys, gadgets and batteries in anticipation for the new ones.
REPIC hopes the video will be shared widely across social media to help generate awareness throughout the UK and educate people about the importance of battery recycling.
Mark Burrows-Smith, CEO of REPIC says, “The figures from the national survey suggest up to 47% of people in Nottingham are still putting their old batteries in general rubbish bins, which will be sent straight to landfill sites. The data also showed that people keep an average of 7 old batteries in their homes, garages and sheds, which means that an alarming average of 950,000 spent (old) and unused batteries could be lying in homes across Nottingham*.”
“We hope the animation will encourage more people to change old habits and start thinking more about battery recycling - not just for Christmas, but all year round.”
Successfully financing the collection, treatment and recycling of around half of the UK’s used electrical items, REPIC is a major force behind recycling WEEE – one of the fastest growing waste streams in the UK. To find your nearest battery recycling centre, visit here.
*Based on the number of households in Nottingham according to the 2017 UK Council Tax Data.