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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Ukraine 2017
The battery recycling system project involves the collection and recycling of batteries to avoid contributing to unnecessary waste. It also includes an education program that educates the local youths in the importance of recycling.
In Ukraine, nearly 50 million km2 has been littered with waste. The number of landfills is constantly growing. The components of the batteries get into the soil and ground water and endanger the health of the people. The risk of cancer and brain diseases increases drastically under these conditions. It also shortens the life of the Ukrainian population – In actual fact they have a shorter lifespan of 10 years when compared with other Europeans. The worst situation is with collection and proper disposal of batteries - 99% of them go to waste. Recycling batteries is not interesting to the government and commercial sector because this does not bring them any profit.
Society here has almost no interest in environmental issues because of the low level of awareness. To work on solutions, it is important to start with the education of children and youth. They need to learn about the importance and methods of recycling and sorting waste. Another important point is the collection and correct recycling of alkaline, button cell, lithium, silver-oxide, zinc-air and zinc-carbon batteries.
This is the first innovative project which will include not only education but also collecting and recycling batteries on a macro scale in Ukraine. They have already trained 258 children under 17 years. Because of this training, they have collected and recycled 900 used batteries (4,5 kg). The children also involve their families in this project.
Many people are not aware of the importance of recycling. They never learn about the negative effects that derive from landfills, and the resulting polluted soil and water. This lack of education is common place across the Ukraine. This project involves working with children in schools to raise environmental awareness. The hope is that they will take what they have learned home and apply these lessons to their home lives. It teaches them the methods and effects of recycling and it ostensibly improves their lives. Congratulations on your initiative!