The Hawksford International Batteries not Excluded School Recycling Scheme, in association with Transport and Technical Services, launches this week across all non fee-paying island primary schools.

The scheme, which will see 22 battery recycling receptacles located across the 22 non fee paying primary schools, will provide youngsters an opportunity to help with the island’s recycling efforts, a key ongoing objective for Transport and Technical Services (TTS).

Increasing the number of batteries that are collected for recycling is extremely important as they contain potentially harmful chemicals and metals which should not be disposed of with normal household rubbish, which is sent for incineration.  Batteries also contain chemicals and metals which can be separated for re-use during the recycling process. ‘We are working to increase the number of battery recycling points and adding collection points in schools is one of the ways in which we hope to significantly increase the number of batteries collected for recycling,’ said Emma Richardson, Recycling Officer, TTS.

‘We have timed the launch of the Hawksford International Batteries not Excluded School Recycling Scheme to fall directly before the Christmas holidays to ensure that youngsters are mindful of the importance of collecting batteries, which they will no doubt be using over the festive period, and bring them back to school with them in the New Year,’ added Ms Richardson.

The Hawksford International Batteries not Excluded School Recycling Scheme will launch at Plat Douet Primary School on Wednesday 8th December. At the launch Ms Richardson of TTS and Peter Murley, Chief Executive of sponsor, Hawksford International, will be running the launch session with Plat Douet's eco-monitors.  This group includes representatives from every class who have been chosen to pass on important environmental messages to their classmates. The session will cover topics such as where families use batteries in the home, the number of batteries used by households every year, where batteries should go when they are used and why, where batteries can be recycled and discussion on what could make recycling batteries easier for islanders. The battery recycling tube will then be unveiled.

‘I am really looking forward to the Plat Douet recycling launch,’ said Peter Murley, Chief Executive, Hawksford International. ‘Getting involved in community projects is very important to us at Hawksford International. It is great to have the opportunity to help TTS engage with the island’s youngsters to highlight an important environmental issue and to be able to provide the receptacles that will make our youngsters champions of recycling, preserving our island for generations to come!’

It’s estimated by TTS that island households use an average of 21 batteries per year which equates to around 800,000 batteries being thrown away in Jersey every year. TTS collect approximately five tonnes of batteries per year from the eight existing collection points which are located at the Household Recycling Centre Gate 4 Bellozanne, Co-op Grande Marche Stores in St Helier and St Peter, Checkers Superstores at Red Houses and Longueville, Safeway Stores, B&Q and the Central Market.  This recycling rate, however, needs to increase and through the introduction of additional battery recycling banks in schools and public locations over the next few months, battery recycling should be more convenient for islanders.

All non fee paying island primary schools will be receiving a battery recycling tube and will have the opportunity to engage with Ms Richardson and her team if they should so wish. Each school will also receive an information pack which will include activity ideas, information about the importance of battery recycling and contact information. The tubes have a small footprint and are transparent so that students can monitor their success.

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Issued by Lisa Gutcher, One Strategic, t: 01534 488899, e: lisa@one-strategic.com

Notes to editor
Media opportunity: The official launch will take place at Plat Douet School at 1pm on Wednesday 8th December. The media are invited to film, photograph and interview the youngsters, Ms Richardson and Mr Murley. It is expected that the session will last no longer than 30 minutes.

About Hawksford International
Hawksford International is a leading independent wealth structuring company with the expertise, experience and resource to create and manage structures that withstand the challenges of today's demanding global environment. The company was awarded the title of Independent Trust Company Team of the Year at the 2010 STEP Private Client Awards.

The business focuses on larger and more complex situations, working closely with both private and commercial clients and their advisors to administer sophisticated, effective structures. The company also offers a funds service which provides choice and flexibility for institutional and corporate clients who need fund administration, fund management and corporate services.

Hawksford International believes the key to success is to form strong relationships, working closely with clients and their advisors to gain real insight into their requirements. The foundation for these relationships comes from employing the highest calibre and most experienced people, a commitment to finding solutions and the culture of working to world class standards of service.

The technical expertise and scale of Hawksford International enables the business to handle large and complex structures, while its independence and exclusive focus on wealth structuring give it the flexibility and autonomy to do what is right for its clients. 

Hawksford International is driving to become the leading international specialist in the creation, management and governance of larger or more complex private client and corporate wealth management structures