East London Waste Authority and Wastecare Host Jumbo the Battery Elephant in East London Shopping Centres

Posted on 17th October, 2023

The East London Waste Authority (ELWA) has partnered with Wastecare Group to host their battery recycling campaign across four London Boroughs during 2023 Recycling Week.

The Waste Prevention Programme team at ELWA and the four Constituent Councils have been touring the boroughs of Havering, Newham, Redbridge, and Barking and Dagenham, with the colossal ‘Jumbo the Battery Elephant.’ Drawing crowds at the Liberty and Mercury Shopping Centre in Havering on its first stop of the week, Jumbo has now taken to the Stratford Shopping Centre in Newham to emphasise the scale of improper battery disposal.

Jumbo’s next stop on his tour will be the Exchange Ilford in Redbridge, followed by Dagenham Library in Barking and Dagenham. Visitors will have the opportunity to chat with the team on how and where to dispose of their batteries and small electrical appliances safely across East London, as well as drop off their used batteries next to Jumbo himself. These batteries will be responsibly collected and processed by Wastecare Group to ensure proper recycling and disposal.

Mr Matt Stoneman, Sales Director of Wastecare, expressed his enthusiasm for the campaign, stating, “We believe that by bringing Jumbo the Battery Elephant to London’s bustling shopping centres, we can make a meaningful impact in raising awareness about the importance of battery recycling. Together with ELWA, we are committed to creating a cleaner, more sustainable future for London.”

Mariam Bajulaiye, the Waste Prevention Manager at the East London Waste Authority (ELWA) highlighted that this partnership campaign across the four Constituent Councils of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge will support residents to understand the necessary steps required to appropriately recycle batteries and disposable vapes. Residents are urged to make sure they dispose of old batteries and disposable vapes correctly, either at local shops with a battery bank or at their local recycling centre. The four reuse and recycling centres in ELWA have a dedicated battery recycling and vape recycling bank.

This unique collaboration between ELWA and Wastecare demonstrates their shared dedication to environmental responsibility and community education. For more information about ELWA’s appropriate battery recycling campaign, please visit [https://www.eastlondonwaste.gov.uk/batteries/] or contact Mariam Bajulaiye at enquiries@eastlondonwaste.gov.uk or 020 8724 5803.

About ELWA:

The East London Waste Authority (ELWA) is a statutory joint waste disposal authority, responsible for the sustainable treatment and disposal of waste collected by the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge, along with the operation of four Reuse and Recycling Centres.  Approximately 450,000 tonnes of waste is delivered to ELWA by the Constituent Councils each year, collected from over 1.1 million residents.