Easy to be green

PUBLISHED: 09:25 04 January 2008 | UPDATED: 15:53 09 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council is asking residents to spare a thought for the environment following the festive period - and recycle batteries.

EAST Devon District Council is asking residents to spare a thought for the environment following the festive period - and recycle batteries.

They say Christmas can mean a lot of batteries: 10 out of 12 of this year's predicted best-selling toys are battery operated.

Add to that electronic goods such as remote controls, mobile phones, battery-powered toothbrushes, cameras and games consoles and the chances are you've already been back to the shops to stock up on more batteries.

According to the British Battery Manufacturers Association, more than 200 million batteries are sold during the Christmas period - and unless they are recycled, they make up part of the 600 million UK batteries that go to landfill sites each year.

But East Devon District Council, in partnership with WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), is determined to give battery recycling a boost by appealing to residents in East Devon to do the positive thing and recycle all the used and unwanted batteries through their local kerbside collection trial. The scheme is one of several nationwide trials taking place to help identify the most efficient way to recycle batteries.

David Cox, portfolio holder for StreetScene, said: "If you're a parent you'll know just how quickly kids get through the batteries in their toys, especially the ones that Father Christmas brought! By recycling all the batteries used over the Christmas period through our scheme you can help make a real difference to your local environment."

This message is echoed by Chris Davey, batteries programme manager at WRAP. He said: "Many of us will be making New Year resolutions at the moment and recycling your used batteries is one that you can actually keep for the whole year."

All you need to do is collect all your unwanted or used batteries, place them in the dedicated container and leave it outside on the allocated collection day.

For more information call East Devon District Council on (01395) 517528, call the WRAP helpline on 08453 313131.

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