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Bantol and Magsaysay BRECDAs forged partnership with Motolite, PRI; signed battery recycling agreement
BARANGAY MAGSAYSAY, Davao City – On July 25, 2012 officials of the Bantol and Magsaysay BRECDAs signed a Recycling Service Agreement with the Oriental & Motolite Marketing Corporation (OMMC) and Philippine Recycling Inc. (PRI) for the proper disposal and recycling of used lead-acid batteries (ULABs) collected from AMORE barangays.
Kapaligiran, Kalusugan, Kayamanan (Environment, Health, Wealth) became Bantol and Magsaysay—being the pilot sites for the ULAB collections system—villagers’ battle cry on the subject of toxic used lead-acid batteries from solar photovoltaic systems.
Under the agreement, the village associations are responsible for collecting ULABs from households in the village, and for contacting Motolite which buys the ULABs from the BRECDAs and transporting them for recycling to PRI.
AMORE identified the collection points where BRECDAs will bring the ULABs collected from its member households and SEEd schools. Collection points are either distributors or dealers of Motolite batteries that operate within the area.
This collection system will be replicated among strategically clustered AMORE-energized villages. Residents of the villages have been trained on proper battery handling, and are aware of the toxic elements in a battery and its potential harmful effects to human health and the environment. The battery of the solar home system runs out after two to three years of use.