We hear many excuses about why people don't recycle batteries – for example, they don't have a bin nearby or use batteries, recycling isn't done correctly in the country, and a battery won't make a difference. However, we have 70,000 battery recycling points in the country, and anyone can go to www.afis.gr on our map and find the points closest to them.
In our daily lives, we constantly use batteries in our mobile phones, in our watches, in the remote control, in our headphones, in the kitchen scale, etc., and research has shown that in a house, there are almost 100 batteries, of which approx. Twenty are already finished.
Recycling in Greece may have its problems, but AFIS works differently. The company does not receive any support from the state. By law, those who import batteries into our country must recycle batteries. So, these companies decided to create AFIS, which will recycle batteries in the country without making any profit. On the contrary, because used batteries have a negative value, AFIS pays for their recycling. All batteries in AFIS bins are always recycled.
AFIS sends the batteries to recycling plants in Europe, which it pays to recycle the batteries. By recycling batteries, we have recycled metals with which we can make new batteries, but also anything else made of metal, from scissors to aeroplanes!
When we use recycled metals, we save energy and raw materials and reduce the amount of waste. Also, by recycling batteries, we protect the environment. Heavy metals in batteries can be released into natural resources and severely threaten human health and the environment. If dumped uncontrolled in landfills, they can pollute the water table and cause fires, releasing poisonous gases into the atmosphere.
Recycling a battery can make a big difference because the most crucial part of the process is the habit, making recycling a part of our lives. After all, that's the only way we can help the environment, making even the slightest move for something that's a big deal. Let's not make excuses for something that is only positive and so easy.