The Fayetteville-Manlius High School ECOS Club collected from students and staff over a span of five days in April more than 6,500 used batteries that it plans to recycle.
The club, which stands for Environmentally Conscious Organized Students, sponsored ECOS Week at the high school April 25 through April 29. Club members organized several events to raise students' environmental consciousness, including the battery collection competition, a "lights out" day, in which they encouraged teachers to turn off their classroom lights and rely on natural lighting, and a student art competition.
This was the third year the club has collected used batteries and by far the most they have collected to date, said science teacher Brett Meyerhoefer, the club's advisor. He estimated that the club recycled about 2,500 batteries last year. The batteries will be taken to the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency to be recycled.
Students in social studies teacher Kayley Pilawa's homeroom collected 1,178 batteries, winning a free Dunkin' Donuts breakfast courtesy of the ECOS Club for bringing in the most batteries.