High Wycombe Primary School all charged up: battery recycling program

High Wycombe students Billy, Wareesha, Aisha, Jordyn and Jahvis collecting batteries.
High Wycombe students Billy, Wareesha, Aisha, Jordyn and Jahvis collecting batteries.

HIGH Wycombe Primary School was the winner of this year’s Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council’s (EMRC) battery recycling program, collecting 413.6kg of batteries.

Darlington Primary School won the medium school category with 374.8kg of batteries, and Clayton View Primary School won the small school award with 82.7kg.

This is the 10th year High Wycombe Primary School has participated in the program, and teacher Debbra Tompsett said it was good to see the children get involved.

“The program is great for schools as children can weigh the collected batteries to help with their understanding of weights and decimal numbers,” she said.

High Wycombe’s Year 4 students really enjoyed the program this year.

“I think the best part is that we are helping the environment by making sure the chemicals from the batteries don’t get into the water supply,” student Ella said.

“I like the battery collection because we can learn maths by weighing them on the scales,” added Camaron.

EMRC’s Battery Recycling Program is part funded by the Waste Authority, encouraging schools in Perth’s eastern region to be more proactive about collecting batteries for recycling.

EMRC chairman Alan Pilgrim said the program was important to protect our delicate environment.

“The casings of batteries disintegrate and the metals and chemicals from these can leach into the surrounding environment if not disposed of appropriately,” he said.

Over the last year, EMRC has collected a gigantic 16 tonnes of batteries from 34 public places and 82 schools.