Collection of batteries to recycle effectively

Puerto Banús has implemented three strategic collection points to collect used batteries and accumulators (RPA) for subsequent recycling. We can find these at our gas station, in our customer service offices and in the dry dock. These collecting points are added to our Clean Point, also located in Varadero, especially for batteries and other highly polluting elements of special treatment.

 

In Puerto Banús, the environment and our surroundings are very important to us, which is why we are committed to the Circular Economy and the implementation of the four “R’s”: reduce, reuse, repair and recycle.

Besides having separate containers for organic waste, packaging and paper, Puerto Banús is also committed in recycling used batteries and accumulators (RPA), not only through our workers, in our administrative offices, seamanship and Varadero, but also through awareness campaigns for customers and visitors who come to the marina and the rest of the commercial premises within our facilities.

Like this, three strategic collection points for used batteries have been implemented, both at the gas station for when the boats have to refuel, having the option to deposit batteries and accumulators (RPA), as well as in the Control Tower, recycling alkaline batteries used by our office staff, as well as by our customers and visitors who come to our facilities. We also equipped our Varadero area with a specific battery recycling container.

In this same area where the boat repair work is carried out, we also have a Clean Point, where other highly polluting materials are stored and recycled, such as batteries, solvents, aerosols, fluorescent lights and other elements.

This small action has led to a strategic alliance with organisations such as the Foundation for the Management and Recycling of Batteries (Ecopilas) and the Waste Logistics Management (GRL). Both are in charge of removing the waste and then proceeding to crushing and recycling in their plants, which are enabled with maximum environmental safety for these functions.

 

We can’t forget the danger of used batteries, as over time the coating of the batteries rusts and exposes metals that can contaminate both the air, soil and water.

 

Recycling batteries allow the recovery of up to three-quarters of their materials. If they are not recycled and thrown away with household garbage, they can end up in the landfill and with time, their components will reach the soil or water, and from there, they will pass to other vital processes of people and seriously damage ecosystems terrestrial.

By separating and recycling the batteries that we use in our facilities, we contribute so that 75% of its components can be reused in the future.

An example of this is the iron they have, since it is the metal that is most reused in the recycling of batteries and accumulators (RPA). For every 1,000 kg of alkaline batteries collected, over 250 kg of iron and nickel can be recovered and used to make other objects such as table forks and spoons, car license plates, new batteries or photovoltaic panels. Like this, new minerals are prevented from being extracted from nature.

 

Please use batteries responsibly and deposit them in appropriate containers for proper recycling.

 

Main SDG: SDG 12: RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION

Secondary SDGs that also participate in this action: