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Battery rethink powers Ark's EcoPledge support

13 September 2019

A video production firm has vowed to have a rethink about how it disposes with alkaline batteries as part of the Sutton Coldfield Chamber’s EcoPledge.

Ark Media is working on ways to recycle alkaline batteries which its film crews use frequently to power radio microphones.

When taken to landfills, alkaline batteries release harmful metals, causing contamination to water and soils.

Additionally, incineration of batteries can add to air pollution.  

As a result, the Ark Media team has built up a collection of redundant batteries in its Sutton Coldfield offices and plans to recycle them in a more sustainable manner.

Phil Arkinstall, managing director at Ark Media, said: “We are aware of how many batteries we get through each week, and the effects that alkaline batteries have on the environment when thrown into a landfill.

“However, we were unsure of what else we could do with them so kept them in a basket in the office.  

“We attended Sutton Coldfield Business Expo earlier this year, where PLOTT Creative launched a competition for the Chamber’s Eco Pledge.  

“We knew this was our opportunity as a team to commit to recycling the batteries from the office and those that we use in the future.

“Unfortunately, rechargeable batteries are not always an option given their durability and the fact that we often film over long periods of time.   

“Just this small change will help us to make a bigger difference, but also, making this small change has made us more aware of what else we can recycle as a business.” 

With Ark Media incorporating the Sutton EcoPledge into its operations, the firm is hoping this will inspire other businesses to join and make a small difference to the way they impact the environment.    

Pictured: The Ark Media team

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