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Battery recycle scheme success

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Batteries can contain harmful pollutants

More than four tonnes of batteries have been recycled on the Isle of Man since the introduction of the Co-op in-store battery-recycling scheme in June 2005.

This weight is equivalent to the collection of 200,000 AA batteries.

Steve Taggart, from the Department Department of the Local Government and the Environment (DLGE), said he was "absolutely delighted at the response".

Batteries are shipped from the island for sorting before being recycled at plants in the UK and Europe.

Mr Taggart added: "The massive volume of batteries we've collected for recycling puts us way ahead of equivalent areas in the UK.

"Even when they are 'empty', if not disposed of properly batteries can be highly polluting and the metals they contain - mercury, cadmium and lithium - can escape into our environment and cause significant damage."

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