When our local chamber of commerce invited members to make an Eco Pledge we put our thinking caps on for ideas as to how we could better improve our environmental impact   

Alkaline Batteries and Radio Microphones  

 Here at Ark Media we have film crews out every day capturing footage to help create videos for our clients. A lot of the time we use radio microphones for sound quality which clip on to clothing. As great as the radio microphones are at capturing quality sound over other types of microphones, they require the use of batteries and with a basket in the office slowly starting to fill up with used batteries, we were starting to wonder what we could do with them. With waste management and the environment being so high on the agenda, throwing them away just didn’t seem right.  

 Alkaline batteries, when taken to landfills, release harmful metals into the soil, causing contamination to water and soils. Additionally, incineration of batteries can add to air pollution.   The team knew they didn’t want their batteries to go to landfill and over time had built quite a collection in the office.    

 With our local chamber, Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce, who recently launching their Eco Pledge, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to start recycling our used batteries and give back to the environment.  

 Our Eco Pledge  

 Therefore we decided to pledge that we would ensure all our batteries are recycled.  Making this one small change to our business to help towards a bigger difference.   

 Phil Arkinstall, Managing Director at Ark Media says “We knew this was our opportunity as a team to commit to recycling the batteries from the office and those that we use in the future. Unfortunately rechargeable batteries are not always an option given their durability and the fact that we often film over long periods of time.    Just this small change will help us to make a bigger difference, but also, making this small change has made us more aware of what else we can recycle as a business”.