Further to the success of The Hawksford Batteries not Excluded School Recycling Scheme, which launched with the island’s 22 non fee paying primary schools in December 2010, the project will be rolled out to all remaining island schools this month.

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

Grouville Primary School was the first of the original 22 schools to fill its battery recycling receptacle with 36kg of batteries, all of which have now been collected for recycling.

‘Grouville School filled their battery tube within a few weeks of it arriving and involved all of their students and teachers. This has demonstrated the amount of batteries in the waste stream and how easily they can be recycled if recycling is made easy’ said Emma Richardson, Recycling Manager, TTS. ‘All of the other primary schools have also filled their tubes at least once and together have collected nearly three quarters of a tonne of household batteries for recycling, thank you everyone!’

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 all schools is one of the ways in which we hope to significantly increase the number of batteries collected for recycling. I am delighted that Hawksford has extended its sponsorship to include all island schools, both primary and secondary,’ said Emma Richardson, Recycling Manager, TTS.

‘Getting involved in community projects is very important to us at Hawksford and it is great to have the opportunity to help TTS further engage with more of the island’s youngsters to highlight an important environmental issue. The current scheme is proving a success and it is wonderful that now all island school children will have easy access to these recycling points,’ said Peter Murley, Chief Executive, Hawksford.

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. In previous years, TTS have collected approximately five tonnes of batteries per year from eight collection points but this year TTS have already exceeded this figure due to the introduction of 20 new public battery recycling banks and the Hawksford Batteries not Excluded School Recycling Scheme.

All 22 remaining schools which are not currently engaged on the scheme, will be receiving a battery recycling tube this month and will have the opportunity to engage with Emma 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.