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Motolite continues to promote Earth-friendly manufacturing and sustainability via its own version of “urban mining” in partnership with corporations and civic groups. 

Motolite has standing partnerships with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and ABS-CBN Foundation for the collection of used batteries which get reprocessed back to commercial use by Motolite’s third-party recycler Evergreen Environmental Resources Inc. (EERI).

Data show that despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic, Motolite has still been collecting around 2,500 metric tons (MT) of used batteries every month, or 30,000 MT annually. This is equivalent to the volume of solid waste produced by the entire country each day.

Motolite’s partnerships with PBSP through its “Balik-Baterya” initiative and ABS-CBN Foundation under its “Bantay-Baterya” program involve more than 200 companies, including PLDT, Inc., San Miguel Corp., Globe, Meralco, Nestle, and Energy Development Corp. Proceeds from the used batteries are used by PBSP and ABS-CBN Foundation in their social development programs.

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Unloading of scrap batteries from partner companies to the storage facility where strict handling and storage protocols are observed. | Photo from Motolite

After its partners surrender the used batteries to Motolite, it then brings the batteries to EERI, which operates a world-class recycling facility in Bulacan. Its state-of-the-art equipment and ISO-certified operations and management allow EERI to recover and reprocess 96.5 percent of the components of old batteries back for commercial use. These components are then used to produce new batteries, making it a good model for sound urban mining -- or the recovery of raw materials from used products and wastes -- practices and green manufacturing. Motolite makes battery production in the country sustainable, as every used battery recycled translates to a new battery or a ratio of 1:1.

Motolite no longer sources primary lead, negating the need for destructive underground mining. The processing of secondary lead also requires 40-percent less energy compared to using primary lead. For plastic components, Motolite already has enough pellets for the black plastic parts of batteries. It only needs to buy virgin plastic resins for the colored casings or parts, which represent only about 30 percent of its requirements.

Motolite and EERI’s recycling initiative also saves the environment and the public from the haphazard dumping of hazardous wastes, something that other battery brands in the market are unable to do.

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Façade of EERI’s world-class battery recycling plant. | Photo from Motolite

EERI, aside from hurdling the stringent requirements of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has ISO 14001:2015, 9001:2015, and 50001 certifications.

Motolite also has a trade-in scheme with its dealers and partner-retailers. Customers who surrender their used batteries get up to 9% discounted from their purchase.

For more information about Motolite and its product line, visit www.motolite.com