Lincoln Envirotown chair Dave Fitzjohn (left) and coordinator Meredith Jones (right) delivering the 1,000th kg of batteries for recycling to Alan Liefting of Ecotech Services

One tonne of batteries recycled

by Kent Caddick

In what is thought to be the first recycling project of its kind in New Zealand — a Selwyn environmental group has marked collecting more than one tonne of batteries for recycling.

In April 2017, the Lincoln Envirotown Trust (LET) delivered 40kg of batteries to Ecotech Services in Christchurch for them to undergo a recycling process instead of going to landfill.

The batteries are deposited by members of the public into the recycling container provided at Lincoln New World, and in early September of this year, the 1000th kilogram was delivered.

LET chair, Dave Fitzjohn, said as they and Lincoln New World started the project, there was simply no way of knowing how people would react and what sort of response there would be.

“It was envisaged that there may be an early influx of batteries as people cleared out those they had stored without any clear sustainable way of disposing of them but that after that there would be a drop-off,” Mr Fitzjohn said.

“In fact, the opposite has happened with the numbers of batteries deposited growing in most months. Some months have seen more than 100kg deposited.”

He said the Lincoln Envirotown Trust would like to congratulate and thank the public for their continued and growing support of this project.