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The Battery Project
Reuse, Reincarnate, Reinvent to stay green
Freshkills Park is the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years. It is also the site of the Fresh Kills Landfill, which was the largest landfill in the world prior to its closing in 2001. Since then, the area is being developed as a wildlife haven and a park for recreation.
In 2016 on a discovery trip to Freshkills Park, we learnt how batteries can harm the environment and decided to do something about it.
Batteries make up 20% of the household hazardous materials in American landfills.
As the battery casing corrodes, chemicals leach into the soil and make their way into our water supply.
Eventually they reach the ocean and harm our marine wild life too. Infact, they adversely affect our entire ecosystem.
Please reuse, repurpose batteries, dispose responsibly and NEVER forget to recycle
HOW DID WE GET THE IDEA
We were at our doctors’ office for a check up and noticed that her assistant would remove batteries from monitors and throw them away. The batteries had only been used for a few hours. The assistant said that they were safe to reuse but cannot be used in the office because monitors need a fresh batteries to work efficiently.
HOW DID WE DO IT?
We supplied offices with battery collection bins.
Collected partially used batteries.
Weighed, counted and inspected our collection.
Sorted them by size and company.
Filled them in envelopes.
Decorated the envelopes.
Wrote a message about recycling.
Handed them out to be used in remote control devices.
Initiated a conversation about the importance of reusing and recycling.
Since 2016, we have distributed over 800 packets of batteries!!
We have successfully reused 24,000 batteries
We have taught numerous people about the harmful effects batteries have on the environment
Teaching people about Reusing and Recycling as we give batteries away
American Museum of Natural History, NYC
Indoor Horse Riding Center, Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, NY
Pictures from Fresh kills Ranger Station 03-2019 and Table event at Fresh Kills Park 06-2019 in Staten Island, NY
We also encouraged people to use options like Solar power and rechargable batteries
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