Free recycling for household batteries is now available to the Waipā community in both Te Awamutu and Cambridge thanks to support from the Te Awamutu and Cambridge Community Boards.

In Te Awamutu, there is a permanent household battery collection stand in Pak N’ Save that was established by the Te Awamutu Community Board.

In an exciting new development, Pak N’ Save Te Awamutu are contributing funds towards battery recycling this year so that the collection point can remain in their store.

Te Awamutu Community Board spokesperson Lou Brown says that the collection stand in Pak N’ Save has “taken off exponentially” with around 80 kg of batteries collected every month. Over 1000 kg of batteries have been collected from this stand for recycling since it started.

“It’s a great location’ observes Lou. “Pak N’ Save can see the benefits of a circular economy and it seems to work well”.

In Cambridge, Urban Miners has collaborated with Mitre10 Mega Cambridge to set up a free household battery public collection stand in their Oliver Street store. This consists of a collection stand in the retail area and an outdoor storage facility for collected batteries. The Cambridge Community Board provides funding for the battery recycling.

Urban Miners makes regular collections of batteries from both stands and processes the batteries for full recycling.

Urban Miners is proud to be part of this collaborative effort through their partnerships with the Te Awamutu Community Board, Cambridge Community Board, Te Awamutu Pak N’ Save, Mitre10 Mega Cambridge, and the Waipā District Council.