Where to return used batteries? Addresses
The remote control stopped working, for some reason the radio refuses to catch music, the second hand stopped on the electronic clock dial ... In most cases, their repair requires simply replacing the old battery, after which the problem will be solved - the device will work again. However, despite the fact that the ability to switch channels, listen to the radio or wake up in time with the replacement of the battery immediately resumes, this also becomes the cause of a new problem, and much more global and ecological.
The fact is that a battery or a battery that is not properly disposed of has an extremely negative effect on the environment. Thus, only one finger-type battery, which has fallen into an ordinary rubbish bin, can eventually contaminate up to 20 m3 of soil or 400 liters of water (according to the data of the KA Timiryazev State Biological Museum, Moscow). Of course, this damage extends to the plants of this area, and to animals. After all, on the notorious 20 meters of land in the forest, on average, two trees grow, two moles, one hedgehog, several thousand earthworms live.
Harm to humans cannot be underestimated: the metal coating of batteries decreases with time and the heavy metals contained in them fall into the soil and groundwater, and from there into the food from poisonous plants and animals and into the water that flows from our cranes or artesian wells. Heavy metals from batteries, previously working for the benefit of man, are now beginning to "play" against him - they accumulate in the body, affecting the internal organs (liver, pancreas, kidneys), and sometimes even causing cancer.
The full extent of the problems associated with used batteries have already been understood in many countries. For example, in most European countries, used batteries can be put in a special container in a supermarket. In Japan, the batteries and accumulators are scrupulously collected and stored until better times - when the best way to dispose of them is found. But in Ukraine, the situation is rather sad: a person who does not want to harm nature will have to carefully search to find the points where he can bring used batteries. And he will not always agree to accept them free of charge. It is unlikely that such a situation can cause people to enthusiasm and make them treat this problem with due attention. After all, throw the old battery into the urn and faster and easier.
You can bring used batteries and rechargeable batteries any day from 9:00 to 19:00. Our office is located at: Kiev, st. Kikvidze 26 . For any questions regarding this project, you can contact its manager, Dmitry Gramodanov (095 885 36 73)
Battery collection points
The Ekofan initiative group headed by Rita Oksytu organized reception centers for used batteries in the capital.
In the winter of 2012, 14 such points were created in Kiev, and in six months 1,500 batteries (36 kg) were collected. All collected batteries were sent to the Lviv State Enterprise "Argentum", where the batteries are first sorted by type, then grind and carry out separation (dry or wet), which separates the materials inside - zinc, lithium, nickel.
Now, activists decided to continue collecting batteries and created a new, permanent project “VivaBat”, which provides not only the organization of collection points for used batteries for their subsequent disposal, but also informing the public about the importance of proper handling of used batteries.
All ekofan know that used batteries can not be thrown into the trash, because they contain a "explosive mixture" of harmful substances that pollute the land and water. From now on, it is easier to return used batteries for recycling. In each of the 285 Watsons Ukraine stores, special containers for collecting batteries appeared in 89 cities of Ukraine.
Addresses where you can and should donate old batteries
In the “Plantain” stores at the CLO petrol stations : this is the most mass participant of the action - at 52 petrol stations, containers are installed in the checkout area to collect used batteries.
The Den newspaper did not just write a few materials about this initiative, but also set up a collection box in its editorial office at the reception.
Restaurant "Taras Bulba" (Victory Avenue, 84b) put a box for collecting batteries in the "Pancake" house.
Several boxes are in the KPI .
In Kiev, Simferopol and Lugansk, used batteries can be handed over to the store of the company "I-ME" or the courier of this store.
- Kiev: Victory Avenue 2. st 1st access. Ap 15
- Simferopol: st. Rosa Luxemburg d. 16 square. 20
- Lugansk: Solnechny quarter, Building 3, landmark - the supermarket "Absolute".
For questions about putting used batteries in your city, you should contact the activists of the all-Ukrainian project “Ecofan” on the social network VKontakte. The action is, in principle, calculated cities accepting Euro 2012, but we think the guys will be able to suggest something useful.
Simple advice: go, if possible, to the batteries - they have to throw out much less.