Green NGO: Motolite among global #heroesofrecycling

Published March 15, 2022, 7:12 PM

by Inigo Roces

Motolite’s third-party recycler Evergreen Environmental Resources Inc. (EERI), which recovers close to 99-percent of the batteries’ components.

Youth-led environmental group, Solidarity for Environmental Education and Development for Sustainability (SEEDS PH), is pushing for the inclusion of Motolite on the list of brands that are being recognized internationally as #heroesofrecycling in line with the annual celebration of Global Recycling Day slated on March 18 this year.

Jonero Dacula, co-convenor of SEEDS PH, said Motolite – the most reliable automotive battery brand in the Philippines – has been investing heavily to make sure the used lead-acid batteries in the country are being collected and recycled, instead of contributing to environmental degradation.

“Motolite has a longstanding partnership with corporations, civic organizations like the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), battery dealers, and other groups for the collection of used lead-acid batteries that are considered hazardous wastes. These old batteries are then brought to Motolite’s third-party recycler Evergreen Environmental Resources Inc. (EERI), which recovers close to 99-percent of the batteries’ components,” Dacula said.

Using German technology, Motolite makes use of these recycled materials to produce a complete line of batteries for different applications, including the New Excel, which is recognized by experts as the Philippines’ best automotive battery. Excel comes in several lines like Excel EFB (Enhanced Flooded Battery) for start-stop vehicles; the Excel DIN mostly used for European cars and certain American and Japanese vehicles; the Sea Master; Solar Master; TruckMaster; GolfMaster; and a host of low-maintenance batteries as well as motorcycle batteries.

Last year, Motolite managed to collect 32,727 metric tons of used lead-acid batteries, including those sold by its competing brands that do not have recovery and recycling programs.

“Motolite is the only player in the country’s automotive battery industry that has a recycling program. Motolite, thus, is no longer dependent on virgin plastic and mined lead in the production of its batteries. This should earn the brand the distinction of being one of the global #heroesofrecycling. We are also calling on Filipino motorists to support Motolite in its efforts to protect our environment, unlike other brands,” Dacula said.

Motolite customers are getting significant price reductions in their new purchases when they trade in their used batteries.

They can either go to Motolite’s nationwide network of dealers and partner-retailers or call the Motolite ExpressHatid hotlines (02) 8370- 6686 for Metro Manila, 1-800-10-370-6686 for Provincial Toll-Free, (0918) 843 6686 For SMART users, and (0917) 891 6686 for GLOBE Users.

Motorists can also visit Motolite’s official website for inquiries and to learn more about Motolite’s products and services, especially the Motolite Res-Q, the country’s only mobile application that offers free roadside assistance for flat tires, overheating, emergency refuel, and battery replacement.