The return of fans to the latest edition of the Vuelta a España (14 August – 5 September) enabled Ecopilas to recycle 1,300 kilos of domestic batteries, the equivalent of 62,000 units. The foundation describes this result as satisfactory, given the restrictions on the number of fans imposed by the respective health regulations of the Autonomous Communities in which the competition took place, as well as the organisational limitations of the race itself.
Ecopilas and the organisers of Spain’s premier cycling event have collected 8.3 tonnes of batteries (415,000 units) since 2011, when they began to collaborate. There was a hiatus in 2020, when the health situation prevented the campaign from being undertaken.
At this year’s edition, Ecopilas once again installed battery collection units identical to the more than 44,000 deployed throughout Spain. These units were positioned at the start and finish lines of the 21 stages of the competition. In addition, more than 20,000 domestic mini-collection units were distributed and Ecopilas also carried out intensive institutional work with the 40 town councils that hosted the competition.
The excellent participation this year of fans from the province of Badajoz was particularly noteworthy, with Villanueva de la Serena and Don Benito topping the ranking of the municipalities collecting the highest volumes of batteries, with 450 kg and 300 kg, respectively. Taken together, this accounts for 58% of the total volume of used batteries managed. Burgos was in third place with 170 kilos and, like the two Extremadura municipalities, will receive a plaque in recognition of its efforts.
Moreover, given the exceptional circumstances in which the Vuelta was held once again this year, Ecopilas will also recognise municipalities that stood out for their involvement in the campaign through information and environmental awareness actions. The municipalities in question include: Tarancón (Cuenca), Tapia de Casariego (Asturias), Rincón de la Victoria (Malaga), Padrón (A Coruña) and Roquetas de Mar (Almeria).
In the words of José Pérez, President of Ecopilas, “the result obtained in this year’s Vuelta a España makes us very optimistic about the return to total normality in the 2022 edition. It is very important that next year, the fans once again be given the opportunity of interacting with the riders at the start. This has always been considered a great celebration of sport, and the associated social and media impact favours collaboration with our campaign”.