Te Quiero Pila
Te Quiero Pila wants to change the current standards for recycling by introducing a cell and battery recycling plant.
As of now, Uruguay has no policy for the collection of used cells or batteries, nor are there any recycling plants. For disposal, the government deposit the batteries in 1,000-liter ﬁber cement tanks, which are sealed with concrete and placed in a roofed station. However, most of the cells and batteries end up in municipal landﬁlls without being processed, in the open air and generating environmental consequences.
The team shapes a project that would tackle the pressing question of recycling. Firstly they wish to construct and start up a cell and battery recycling establishment, with the support of citizens, departmental governments, and the central government. Once developed, the next step is to manage the proper disposal of batteries through collection centres distributed in diﬀerent parts of the country. This process obviously goes in hand with education on the matter. Thus, the actors can understand why recycling is not only crucial but also beneficial.
Te Quiero Pila wish to adapt already successful models from foreign countries so that even Uruguay can be part of the move towards a circular economy.