Battery boys collect 11,000 between them

Longridge Towers students Iain Haldane and Fergus Murtagh had the energy to collect more than 11,000 used batteries.

Friday, 1st June 2018, 11:35 am
Fergus Murtagh and Iain Haldane from Longridge Towers School.

They did it as part of the Duracell Big Battery Hunt where more than half a million children signed up to rid homes of 280 tonnes of used batteries – that’s the same weight as 56 elephants!

Iain collected as astonishing 6,345 while Fergus was not far behind on 5,471.

Teacher Lindsey Monkman said: “Iain and Fergus certainly took the Big Battery Hunt seriously.

“They managed to collect a staggering over 11,000 between them which is absolutely fantastic.”

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She added that Fergus, now known as The Battery Boy, had persuaded his mum’s work colleagues to hunt at home and got family and friends to join in.

Duracell developed free educational materials to help teachers facilitate lessons, shape assemblies and homework for the pupils.

Duracell created a battery collection box that children can personalise to encourage the positive impact of recycling batteries and has provided schools with 5L and 30L recycling bins in which schools can deposit the hoards of used batteries

Christina Turner, Associate Marketing Director at Duracell UK comments, “The Duracell Big Battery Hunt continues to be an exciting way to lead the industry towards long-term change. Our 2017 pilot scheme helped us unlock an exciting and innovative way to make recycling batteries more convenient and habitual – which are currently key barriers to reducing battery waste – and we’ve been delighted to now take the Big Battery Hunt nationwide, reaching over half a million pupils. The initial results have once again surpassed our expectations and proved how the enthusiasm among the youngest members of our community can have a positive long term impact on the environment.

As well as encouraging the nation to recycle old batteries, Duracell is dedicated to minimising waste in the first place by increasing battery life and ensuring consumers get the most from the product, which is where the Duracell PowerCheck feature comes in. On average, about one in three batteries gets thrown away with power still inside so PowerCheck ensures you use battery to the full. Alongside recycling used batteries, investing in a quality battery will minimise waste.” continued Turner.

David Reynolds, Group Technical Director at WasteCare, who own BatteryBack, the UK’s largest Battery Compliance Scheme and battery recycling experts, further comments “The average Brit now uses about 10 batteries a year, and as a country we use 189 million batteries at Christmas alone so it’s not hard to imagine the numbers of used batteries either left redundant in kitchen drawers or even worse, in landfill sites. Given current recycling rates, it is clear we need to urgently and collectively change our nation’s attitude to recycling and we are delighted to partner with Duracell for a second year to learn how to do this successfully in order to make a positive, permanent change. The results highlight battery recycling behaviour in homes across the country and feedback from the schools and the enthusiasm from the children taking part has been hugely inspiring”.

Schools can register to recycle used batteries throughout the year at www.nationalschoolspartnership.com/initiatives/bigbatteryhunt/