Battery Buster Competition

Battery Buster Competition

Instructions to use the Battery Buster Bin








Battery Buster Competition Rules

General Information about the 8th Battery Buster Campaign


Aims of the Campaign

Recent years have seen a growing awareness of batteries as a potential source of environmental pollution. Particularly, there is concern about the heavy metals and corrosive materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury, lithium and other chemical compounds found in batteries. The toxicity of these materials is well recognized, and the major environmental problem is associated with batteries used in consumer devices because they are most often discarded as part of general household waste.


The use of such batteries is continually on the rise. It is calculated that the average person owns about two button batteries, ten normal batteries and throws out about eight household batteries per year. That adds up to more than 3 million batteries being thrown away each year in the Maltese Islands alone! It is clear that the widespread use of batteries has created many concerns of toxic pollution and we need to do something about it!


What happens to batteries once they are collected?

Spent batteries are collected by Wasteserv and then sorted by type (for example button cells, batteries with lead, with alkaline and zinc-carbon, nickel-cadmium, lithium and other types). These batteries are then stored responsibly until they are exported for eventual recycling overseas.


Results for the 8th edition can be found at