Mitre 10’s Allan Ferguson and Gore deputy mayor Keith Hovell, who chairs WasteNet, are pretty happy with the local response to a new battery recycling initiative. - Credit: https://www.facebook.com/GoreDC
Battery Recycle is now in operation in Southland, with the service now available at our Invercargill, Te Anau, Winton, and Gore stores, thanks to WasteNet Southland. The addition of these four locations brings the total to 16 stores around New Zealand, which is significant reach for our programme.
Battery Recycle makes a positive impact by diverting waste from landfills. The focus on preventing hazardous materials, such as lead and mercury from batteries, from entering the environment not only helps reduce waste but also contributes to environmental protection.
Moreover, the program's efforts in mitigating hazards, like preventing fires in rubbish trucks, showcase a commitment to overall safety in waste disposal processes.
The fact that Mitre 10 has already diverted 4,032 kgs of waste batteries is a noteworthy achievement, indicating the effectiveness and community support for the initiative.
It's encouraging to see communities quickly adopting such programs, and having community partners to collaborate with, to collectively create a real and sustainable impact on our environment, our operations and our communities.