Bunnings launches battery recycling programme

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Bunnings has launched a national battery recycling programme which will make battery recycling even easier for its retail and trade customers.

The programme is being rolled out across Bunnings’ 49 sites this month, delivering the largest retail network of recycling locations for household and power tool batteries in New Zealand.

The battery collection units have been specially designed to accept power tool batteries, as well as standard household batteries, and will be located at the front entrance of each site.

Bunnings has partnered with Envirostream to manage the collection and recycling process. Once the programme is established across all stores, the retailer hopes to receive 50kg worth of batteries per store per month.

Over 29 tonnes of batteries are expected to be diverted from landfill over a 12-month period.

Bunnings New Zealand director Ben Camire says the programme is part of Bunnings’ commitment to sustainability, as well as providing a convenient solution for customers to recycle their used batteries.

“The team is very excited to be launching a battery recycling programme for our customers,” Camire says.

“We sell a wide range of batteries, from household to power tool batteries, and this initiative delivers a circular solution for batteries that will keep harmful materials out of the environment, and recover valuable resources that can be infinitely recycled.

“This programme is particularly useful for our trade and DIY customers, with the collection points being purposely designed to also receive power tool batteries,” he says.

Bunnings will be accepting household batteries, such as alkaline, carbon zinc and lithium, as well as power tool batteries. Car batteries are not accepted at the collection points.

Details on how to recycle batteries can be found at www.bunnings.co.nz/diy-advice/home-improvement/sustainability-recycling/where-and-how-to-recycle-batteries.

For more information about Bunnings’ national battery recycling programme and other sustainable initiatives, visit www.bunnings.co.nz/about-us/sustainability.

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