BBC Coventry & Warwickshire breakfast shows how waste batteries have the #PowerToDoMore


Valpak #PowerToDoMore


Valpak donated £5 for every battery collection box ordered. Since the campaign started, 1,006 battery collection boxes have been ordered; once full, this represents a whopping 15 tonnes – or 750,000 AA batteries – to be collected.

Used batteries may no longer be able to operate appliances, but they still have the #PowerToDoMore. A new campaign from Warwickshire business Valpak is using waste batteries to cut carbon and fund mental health support. It has generated £5,030 for local charity Springfield MIND. James Nash from Valpak recently appeared on BBC CWR to explain how it worked.

Emily Styles, Fundraiser at Springfield MIND said: “We’d like to give a massive thank you to Valpak, who are supporting Springfield Mind with a donation as part of their PowerToDoMore battery box recycling campaign. The need for our services is greater than ever and this is set to grow well into the future due to the legacy of Covid; therefore, we are so thankful that Valpak have chosen to donate vital funds to support us with our mission to promote wellbeing and prevent mental health problems in Warwickshire and Worcestershire.”

James Nash, Commercial Manager at Valpak said: “Only 20 per cent of the 40,000 tonnes of batteries sold each year are recycled. Waste batteries are hazardous – they leak toxic waste and can cause dangerous fires in recycling facilities. Our campaign has already had a huge impact, and these figures are just the start – each battery collection box can be refilled over and over again, so the potential huge.”

Through the #PowerToDoMore campaign, Valpak has launched a public campaign to improve awareness and drive participation. Nash said: “We all have the #PowerToDoMore. Valpak staff are very active in supporting local charities and, as well as trying to drive battery recycling and cut carbon, we decided we wanted to assist those who may be struggling in these challenging times.”

To hear the interview in full, visit: (James appears 1.28 mins in)


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