Lincoln Envirotown are happy to announce that the recycling of household batteries has started in Lincoln at the New World supermarket and they would urge everyone who has been holding these and wondering what to do with them to go and deposit them in the container provided.

The scheme was initiated by Lincoln Envirotown Trust, who contacted Alan Liefting of Ecotech Services to discuss this specialist service offered by them. The Trust was soon joined enthusiastically by Kyle Burnett of New World who agreed to provide the space for them to trial the concept. Maria Wake from the Sustainable Initiative Fund Trust was also supportive and the Trust agreed to fund the start-up costs of the project. Selwyn District Council’s Waste Manager, Andrew Boyd is extremely positive about the potential of this unique plan.

“It’s great to see a problematic material in the waste stream being tackled through a community led initiative,” he said.

“After much research on the safe storage of batteries, a container was commissioned and has been filling up with common household batteries at a rapid rate,” reported Dave Fitzjohn, project manager for Lincoln Envirotown.

Lincoln Envirotown will soon make the first delivery of batteries for recycling to Ecotech Services, where they will be sorted, discharged where necessary, and stored for shipment to specialist recycling plants overseas.

As far as anyone is aware there is no household battery recycling with the ease of a ‘drop off’ at a local retailer anywhere in New Zealand. This exciting ‘first’ for Selwyn fulfils the important objective of keeping toxic materials out of landfills and is another step towards achieving environmental goals. In some European countries it is compulsory to recycle household batteries.

“The hope is to start other ‘stations’ at retail outlets around Selwyn, but in the meantime everyone is urged to keep their batteries out of bins and bring them to New World in Lincoln,” Dave concluded.