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Students Collect Batteries as part of Valpak & G & P Campaign

by Valpak Limited | Apr 02, 2011
Valpak, the UK’s leading producer compliance scheme, alongside Walsall Council and G&P Batteries, a local battery collection firm, have set up a schools’ battery recycling competition.

Walsall Students Collect Used Batteries as part of the Valpak and G & P Batteries Recycling Campaign

Environmentally aware students, from 130 schools and colleges in Walsall, have been busy collecting used batteries with the aim of winning a top prize for their recycling efforts.

Valpak, the UK’s leading producer compliance scheme, alongside Walsall Council and G&P Batteries, a local battery collection firm, have set up a schools’ battery recycling competition.

The school rankings will be calculated by dividing the total tonnage of batteries collected by the number of pupils in the school or college. This will ensure that the success of the pupils, rather than the size of the school, is rewarded.

Valpak and G&P are donating the prizes to the top three performing schools or colleges. The top recyclers will receive a laptop computer, and second and third places will win £200 and £100 worth of book tokens. Prizes will be awarded at the beginning of the 2011 school summer term.

Walsall Council Education Officer, Vicky Bloor, said:

"The council has been working hard to encourage more people to recycle household batteries. All of the schools and colleges that are taking part in this scheme deserve to be commended for their recycling efforts."

Duncan Simpson, Valpak's Director of Sales and Marketing, said:

"Valpak is pleased to support used battery recycling in Walsall. We are helping a number of Local Authorities to provide battery recycling services, which will help the UK to meet the battery recycling target, imposed by the Waste Batteries Regulations, of 45% by 2016. We feel that this campaign is helping to raise awareness of the importance of used batteries recycling and is helping us to reach this demanding target."

He added:

"The Walsall recycling competition has helped to raise awareness that batteries can be recycled. We can all make a difference and increase the amount batteries that are diverted from landfill.”

Furthermore, Walsall Council, via their recycling centre and a number of civic buildings, managed to divert 2,506 tonnes of used batteries from landfill in 2010. That is the equivalent of about 55,132 batteries.

If you would like to find out more about Valpak's battery recycling services or the Walsall battery recycling scheme please call 08450 682 572 or email info@valpak.co.uk