Battery Collection

Towards a Sustainable Environment

 

 

 

Battery Collection

Towards a Sustainable Environment

We Care

 

 

Batteries are found in almost every electronic and electrical device, from your mobile phone, computer, car keys to your remote control and even in children’s toys. They are however an environmental hazard if not disposed of properly. You might be thinking what harm could there possibly be in throwing away a tiny AAA battery in the trash?

Batteries contain corrosive metals such as cadmium, mercury, lead and lithium, which if they find their way into the local water supply can kill plants and animals and cause the pollution of streams, lakes, and rivers. Ultimately, the health of people who drink contaminated water is also at risk. Batteries also cause greenhouse gas emissions when incinerated which is known to be one of the contributors to climate change.

 

 

We believe that the earth is a beautiful place and is worth fighting for, which is why we are excited to be part of the battery collection initiative by the Recycle Namibia Forum and VARTA Household Batteries, the only battery brand that collects batteries in Namibia. The bins can be found at four of our branches: Windhoek Central, Windhoek Lifestyle, Windhoek North and Swakopmund branch.

This is because at the moment only Windhoek and Swakopmund municipalities are allowed to safely dispose of batteries as per the Environmental law in Namibia. We collect about 2 tonnes of batteries annually to be disposed of. This makes a total of 6 000 batteries less that are harming our environment. The disposal bins are collected once a month and can hold up to 60 – 70 kilograms of batteries. We encourage members of the public to bring their daily consumer batteries in-store, but not lithium-ion batteries as these are flammable and can spark a fire.

VARTA collects the batteries which are then given to the City of Windhoek’s Waste Management Unit to safely dispose of them. The batteries go through a mechanical separation process where the batteries are smashed to expose the metal components they contain and are used to make new batteries. A great way to also conserve our raw materials from depletion.

 

This partnership with the battery brand VARTA extends to other environmental projects where we contribute to animal welfare, anti-poaching campaigns and education in Namibia.

 

It is our social responsibility to build a culture that promotes the sustainable development of our environment and ultimately the earth because after all we do not live on an island and that is why we encourage our community to safely dispose of their batteries with us. Join us and start disposing of your batteries correctly at the following branches:

  • Windhoek Central
  • Windhoek Lifestyle
  • Windhoek North
  • Swakopmund


We proudly collect & recycle batteries together with VARTA!

 

 

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