Battery recycling cuts contamination risks

GREEN residents in Fuengirola have recycled 337 kilos of used batteries over the first five months of this year.
Environmental councillor Dolores Buzon said: “The town hall offers recycling bins for batteries, which contain highly contaminating substances including zinc, cadmium, lead or mercury.”
A single mercury battery can contaminate up to 600,000 litres of water, and alkaline batteries can affect 167,000, the councillor explained, meaning recycling them correctly is of vital importance.
Altogether the local council has placed 37 battery bins in the town, in all municipal buildings, schools and some businesses, and they can also be taken to the mobile unit in place at the fairground from Monday to Friday from 8am to 2pm.

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