Broadland Housing is supporting older residents to recycle their batteries by providing bright new disposal bins at all 8 of its Housing with Care schemes in Norfolk.
Broadland will collect the old batteries and dispose of them safely at a local recycling centre.
Louise Archer, Executive Property Director, says: “Older people with care needs tend to be less mobile and so it’s more difficult for them to get to battery recycling points at supermarkets etc. Also, they’re more likely to use battery-powered devices, such as hearing aids, watches and TV remote controls.”
Every person in UK uses on average 10 batteries per year. Every year 22,000 tonnes of UK household batteries are sent to landfill, where they leach harmful chemicals into the soil that cause damage to the environment and wildlife.
Broadland is working with residents to raise awareness of the different kinds of batteries that can be recycled, such as:
• cell – watches, hearing aids, calculators
• alkaline – TV remote controls, radios, clocks
• lithium – some mobile phones, power tools
The new battery bins and posters will be placed in the communal areas of Broadland’s Housing with Care schemes, which house nearly 300 residents in total, at the end of August.
Broadland is planning to roll out the bins to its 6 sheltered housing schemes housing with care and 8 in the region next year, reaching nearly 600 residents.
A spokesperson for NorseCare commented: “Our tenants will make good use of these battery bins. We are always very supportive of schemes that will assist with environmental issues, so this project will make a significant difference in reducing the damage to the environment.”
Broadland’s latest waste-reduction initiative is part of its strategy to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment. In March 2018, Broadland signed a ‘zero waste to landfill’ contract with waste-management specialist Viridor. The housing association is SHIFT Gold-Award accredited.