Ecopilas and Fundación Ecomar ‘Ponte las pilas y recicla’ 2021 campaign collects 64% more used batteries than in 2020

The 78 sailing clubs and schools all along the Spanish coastline that participated in the latest edition of the ‘Ponte las pilas y recicla’ (Insert your batteries and recycle) campaign have set a new used battery collection record of 1,955 kg, 64% more than in the previous season. Ecopilas and the Fundación Ecomar, the driving forces behind this initiative since 2015, have far exceeded the target of 1,500 kg of batteries set at the beginning of last summer and are delighted with the high degree of commitment shown by the students and members of the participating clubs and centres.

The ‘Ponte las pilas y recicla’ initiative seeks to promote the habit of recycling household batteries, by bringing collection points closer to sailing club students and members, and by holding different workshops and awareness-raising activities aimed at children aged 7 to 14 participating in the Grímpola Ecomar environmental education programme. This year, Ecopilas has installed 156 collection containers in the 78 participating sailing clubs and centres, in addition to distributing 7,800 domestic mini-collection units.

Thanks to this campaign, the Ecopilas and Ecomar foundations have collected 9.6 tonnes of household batteries since 2015, thus enabling the highest possible quantity of reusable materials to be recovered.

In the words of Theresa Zabell, President of Fundación Ecomar, “every year we are more and more convinced that by providing incentives, this type of environmental action works. The fact that sailing clubs that have only recently begun to understand the environment have collected nine tonnes in six years is amazing. We are proud to work hand-in-hand with Ecopilas in these programmes and hope to continue with them for many years to come. As you are aware, you need to take care of the two places you can never move from, your body and your planet”.

José Pérez, Presidente of Ecopilas, points out that “this year’s record result confirms the excellent news that environmental awareness amongst children and adults is crisis-proof, and that Covid-19 has taught us to value, even more, our natural places and the need to preserve them. Through campaigns of this type, our goal is to continue to inform people that recycling batteries is a simple but essential act, an act of great importance”.

La Coruña club wins for third consecutive year

‘Ponte las pilas y recicla’ awards sports equipment – sailing vests and sails – to the three clubs that collect the most batteries during the months of July and August. In this edition, and for the third consecutive year, the leading participant was the Club Do Mar Cariño (La Coruña) with 690 kg, accounting for 35% of the total volume collected.

Second prize went to the Escuela Municipal de Vela Theresa Zabell de Rota (Cádiz) with 339 kg, a figure that far exceeds the 50 kilos collected in 2020. And Actividades Náuticas de Tenerife won third prize by collecting 76 kg of batteries.