Archive - 2012

Pupils' battery collecting efforts net them a top prize

by Valpak Limited | Jul 27, 2011
Valpak alongside Walsall Council and G&P Batteries, a local battery collection firm, set up the Walsall schools' battery recycling competition with the aim of diverting waste batteries from landfill and to educate students and their families about the importance of recycling.

Valpak, the UK's leading producer compliance scheme, alongside Walsall Council and G&P Batteries, a local battery collection firm, set up the Walsall schools' battery recycling competition with the aim of diverting waste batteries from landfill and to educate students and their families about the importance of recycling.

The school rankings were calculated by dividing the total tonnage of batteries collected by the number of pupils in the school or college. This ensured that the success of the pupils, rather than the size of the school, was rewarded.

The winning schools were Oakwood School for children with special needs and Meadow View School in Pheasey.Oakwood School managed to collect 1.76 kg per pupil over four months, which is a fantastic achievement as this school has only 45 pupils. They won a laptop while Meadow View chose to receive book tokens. All of the prizes were donated to the schools by Valpak and G&P Batteries.

Debbie Newey, Senior Oakwood School Administrator, said:

"Our children work with pictures and get enormous pleasure from seeing themselves and their classmates in photographs on computers. These are also used for monitoring progress of our children. Their parents really benefit from seeing images of their children do things at school that they have not witnessed themselves e.g. taking steps for the first time, or smiling and responding to situations which can be saved on this laptop."

Second and third place prizes were awarded to Pinfold Street JMI in Darlaston and New Invention Junior School in Willenhall, who won £200 and £100 worth of book tokens respectively.

Walsall Council, via their recycling centre and a number of civic buildings, managed to divert 3.034 tonnes of used batteries from landfill from beginning of January to end of April 2011. That is the equivalent of about 137,909 batteries.

Councillor Tom Ansell,Walsall Council cabinet member for environment and transport, said:

"It's great to see our pupils getting so heavily involved in projects such as these. It is about education and reward and enables them to learn important messages about looking after the environment at the same time as trying to earn some really useful prizes for their school to help support their learning."

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