THE HELLENIC Bank handed over almost three and a half tonnes of used batteries to waste management company AFIS thanks to an environmental programme it has been running since 2009. The bank encourages customers to drop off used batteries in special recycling bins situated inside branches across the island.
In a released statement, the Bank thanked its customers for their sensitivity and response to efforts to recycle batteries, producing “amazing” results.
“We encourage people to continue to participate in this scheme, which aims to enhance environmental protection, improve quality of life, reduce the volume of waste sent to landfills and save raw materials and energy,” the statement said.
Batteries should be collected separately from other household waste as they contain dangerous metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and nickel, which may cause contamination to the aquifer if they end up in landfills.
Battery recycling bins can be found in all Hellenic Bank branches island-wide. One-use and rechargeable batteries that can be used in various devices like portable radios, sound systems, toys, cordless and mobile phones, watches, cameras, video cameras, remote controls and hearing aids can be deposited for recycling.