10 June 2021   

5min read
Waterlea is proud to be a partner of the 2021 Big Battery Rescue challenge with NTC for the second year in a row.

Schools across Australia participated in the 2020 Big Battery Rescue recycling challenge, sponsored by Stockland in partnership with The National Theatre for Children. Despite the impact of COVID, the schools together collected nearly 1 tonne of batteries and diverted these away from landfill to be recycled.

During the 2020 school year, students collected used batteries from home and across their community, dropping them into their school-based battery recycling buckets. The entire program was supported by Stockland to ensure curriculum-aligned content was provided to 5,877 students, while driving the community-wide environmental effort. 

Penny Austin, Sustainability Manager, Stockland said as one of Australia’s largest property developers and a world leader in sustainability, these types of initiatives help create meaningful change within communities. “In Australia, each year lithium ion battery (LIB) waste is growing at a rate of over 20 per cent. Only two per cent is recycled. By 2036 LIB waste could exceed 100,000. Working with the National Theatre for Children to support this important initiative was a terrific opportunity to assist in an important community-wide sustainability project.”

Watch this video and learn more about Stockland’s sponsorship of this amazing initiative.