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School pupils in Powys will win vouchers for their school if they recycle as many batteries as they can.

Powys County Council is running a free battery recycling competition and is urging schools to sign up to be in with a chance of winning vouchers. The competition is sponsored by ERP UK, which is providing the battery boxes and arranging the recycling.

Powys County Council’s Waste and Recycling Team are hoping that the competition will help the county meet recycling targets, cut landfill and carbon emissions and inspire the next generation to recycle more.

Schools who sign up will be provided with a free battery box and will compete over the autumn term to collect as many domestic batteries as possible, including standard AA and AAA nickel cadmium batteries, button cell batteries, power packs from tools, and mobile phone and laptop batteries.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “This is a fantastic competition and I would urge every school in the county to take part. Batteries are made from recyclable metals including lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and mercury. Each battery collected by a school can be used to make new batteries rather than going to landfill where they could cause soil and water pollution. By taking part, schools could win vouchers, but they will also be helping our environment.”

Each year, ERP organises schools battery recycling competitions with five Welsh councils: Caerphilly, Cardiff, Newport, Powys and Rhondda Cynon Taf. Please get in touch, if you would like to find out more about our schools battery recycling competitions.

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For more information on the Powys County Council initiative, please visit the link below.