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Delivery of online prizes for the 2nd edition of the Pilabot competition

  • ERP worked with the Regional Government of Galicia and other SCRAPs on this competition, the last edition of which resulted in 59 tonnes of batteries being collected

The Pilabot battery-collection competition – which is run by the Regional Government of Galicia’s Department of the Environment, Territory and Housing in partnership with SCRAPs (Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes), European Recycling Platform (ERP), Ecopilas and Ecolec – has come to a close with an online prize-giving ceremony for the four schools that won this second edition of the competition, and during which 59 tonnes of batteries were collected, representing 34% more than the first edition.

The Regional Government of Galicia’s Director General of Environmental Quality, Sustainability and Climate Change, Sagrario Pérez took part in the virtual ceremony along with a number of representatives from the SCRAPs and educational representatives from the winning schools.

During the event ERP’s general manager, Laura Alonso, noted: “Despite how difficult 2020 has been, 34% more batteries were collected compared to last year. Once again, children show us that, in spite of adversities, if we are committed we can achieve fantastic results and continue to take care of the environment”.

There has been a notable increase in recent years in terms of awareness among Galicia’s population about battery processing. But there is still a long way to go. According to the latest available figures, for 2019, 329 tonnes of batteries were recycled in Galicia. This is a 67% increase over the last decade and 52% more than just three years ago.