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National "Piles Solidaires" collection

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Batribox, Electricians Without Borders and thousands of young people put their energy into the electrification of a Guyanese school. An eco-solidarity operation with a twofold mission: to teach students about the challenges of recycling and good sorting practices and to support a sustainable development project. Objective: 80 tons of batteries to be collected!

In September, Integral batteries is making its comeback in French schools and colleges. This nationwide collection of used batteries and small batteries, initiated by the eco-organization Screlec and its recycling solution Batribox and the NGO Electriciens sans frontières, will for the fifth consecutive year offer thousands of young people the opportunity to collect their used batteries and provide financial and logistical support for a solidarity operation.

This 2019 - 2020 edition will enable the Territorial Community of French Guiana to benefit from the electrification of an isolated site on its territory. This project particularly concerns a school located in the village of Trois-Sauts in the heart of the Amazonian Park of French Guiana, where 96 children attend school. This electrification will mobilize the Guyanese association Kwala Faya, which trains inhabitants in solar electrification, and as such is piloting several participatory photovoltaic electrification programs.

Learning to recycle

In addition to supporting a sustainable development project, the Piles Solidaires operation teaches students about recycling issues and good sorting habits, with the help of a free educational kit and a web TV closing the project. Piles solidaires helps to raise awareness among young people about good eco-responsible practices.

Waste management is one of the key educational challenges of the 21st century for sustainable development. By collecting their batteries, students discover the importance of waste treatment and the power of collective energy in the service of a great cause.

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For this 5th edition, Screlec has also called on the French eco-organization PV Cycle to recycle the used photovoltaic panels from the Trois-Sauts school, when they will be replaced by the Kwala Faya association. PV Cycle is also helping to finance the school's new electrical installation, scheduled for February 2020.

 Other local public actors - the Community of Communes of Eastern Guyana, the Camopi Town Hall, the Rectorate of French Guiana and the Amazonian Park of French Guiana - also support and encourage this sustainable development project on their territory to promote teaching conditions.

In 2018-2019, Piles Solidaires had encouraged 1,500 French schools to collect 60 tons of used batteries, "transformed" into a €20,000 donation for the electrification of two health centers in Enyellé and Epena in Congo-Brazzaville. The objective having been largely exceeded (83 tonnes in total were collected), a cheque for an additional €10,700 will finance a second operation which will take place in the Plateaux Region in Togo in November 2019. Three villages will thus have access to quality water, sanitation services and environmentally-friendly electricity.

The registrations have been open since September 9.

Until April 10, 2020, collect your used batteries!

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