10,591kg of batteries collected in Batterina campaign
A total of 10,591kg of batteries were collected by all schools as part of the Battery Buster campaign, an annual inter-school battery collection competition also known as the ‘Batterina’ campaign.
The prizes for this competition were presented by Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs George Pullicino and WasteServ Chairman Ben Farrugia at the inauguration of the Sant’Antnin Family Park. The amount collected representing a 3000kg increase over the previous year’s competition and a total of 146 schools participated in the 2012 campaign.
A prize was awarded to the school which collected the greatest quantity of batteries per capita. This went to St Ignatius College Luqa Primary, which collected the equivalent of 1.8kg of batteries per capita. The school has been awarded €2,500 for the improvement of school resources.
Individual prizes to participating children were awarded through a lottery process, with the first prize being a Sony Vaio notebook, second a Playstation Vita and the remaining six runners up receiving Sony digital cameras. The winning pupils were Mark Dingli from Victoria Gozo, Luke Frendo from St Venera, Martina Magro from Birkirkara, Miguel Borg from Paola, Michael Refalo from Kercem, Jeremy Mifsud from Cospicua, Gilmour Borg from Birkirkara and Christian Debono from Qormi. The ages of the winners varied between 6 and 12 years.
As part of the 2012 Batterina campaign, secondary school students could also participate in a Video Spot competition aimed at promoting the safe disposal of batteries. The winning group was formed by Therese Quattromani, Martina Vassallo and Sarah Zammit from St. Monica’s School Birkirkara, who each won a € 50 voucher sponsored by Forestals and a Multimedia Production experience offered by MCAST’s Institute of Art & Design.