Last Updated on Tuesday, 2 August, 2022 at 10:27 am by Andre Camilleri
Last week GreenPak announced the launch of its latest initiative, Batteries for Hospice. This campaign is aimed at increasing the recycling of batteries while at the same time helping those in need.
If you have any batteries lying around your home or office, think about how you can support this good cause as well as help the environment. All you need to do is drop off your batteries in one of GreenPak’s battery bins which are located at leading supermarkets, stationeries, local councils and schools. View the full list of collection points where you can take your used batteries by visiting greenpak.com.mt. The following batteries AA, AAA, Button, C, D, 6V, 9V and mixed batteries can all be placed in these bins.
Speaking during the launch event senior manager at GreenPak, Denise Brincat expressed how this campaign is all about linking two common goods – recycling and charity. She explained that GreenPak will now be gathering funds for Hospice when recycling batteries.
Grateful to GreenPak to introduce such an initiative, Andrew Zammit, CRO at Hospice Malta spoke about how this voluntary organisation provides and promotes the highest standards of palliative care for persons with cancer, motor neuron disease, end-of-life respiratory, cardiac, renal, and liver disease. It also aims to help and support their families.
GreenPak is constantly encouraging the public to recycle batteries safely and responsibly. If one throws away batteries in the black bins, for example, several damages to the environment can occur. Harmful substances such as heavy metals will be released which will contaminate the soil, underground or surface waters. Heavy metals in batteries can also have harmful effects on human health such as causing burns and dangers to our eyes and skin.
Over two million batteries are imported to the Maltese Islands each year. Just think about how many devices in our homes use batteries and how many of these can be recycled. Items like wall clocks, smoke alarms, flashlights, toys, remote controls, game controllers, wireless computer mouse and keyboards, to name a few. Every battery counts – let’s put in that extra effort all for a good cause and our environment.