March 23, 2021

Toxic Waste Cleanup: ‘Korobochki’ Project

Now every HYS Enterprise employee can take used batteries and place them into the battery bin at the company’s office. Old batteries will be transferred for safe disposal at the GreenWee plant in Romania.

Alyona Petrukhina
Content Marketing Manager

Why It’s Important to Recycle Batteries

Usually, we throw the old batteries in our household bin, and then it is taken to the landfill. Over time, old batteries decompose and release harmful chemicals that are extremely hazardous to both the environment and human health. These elements can permeate into the ground soil and thus water supplies when they are placed into landfills.

One battery contaminates about 16m2 of land or 400 liters of water with heavy metals. At the same time, almost 3250 tons of batteries are imported into Ukraine annually. A small amount of them has been collected and safely disposed of in Europe. The rest of them remain in our landfills threatening environmental and ecological systems.

Safe Batteries Disposal

Today, there is only one organization in Ukraine that provides battery disposal at a real battery recycling plant in Europe. Strategically, the organization aims to implement a reform when manufacturers pay for the batteries collection and recycling from their profits (as it works in Europe). They have already created an opportunity for responsible companies to collect batteries for guaranteed recycling within the ‘Korobochki’ project.

How It Works

The batteries go to a licensed warehouse. When a batch of 20 tons is collected, it will be sent for disposal to the GreenWEEE plant in Romania.

Used batteries are packed in specialized ADR containers designed for the international transportation of hazardous waste and transported in equipped trucks by drivers with special permission.

1 box of used batteries saves 8000 m² of land from irreversible pollution with toxic substances. That is why we decided to join and support this project. The environment protection cannot any longer be put off for later.