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Motolite Partner with Federation of Philippine Industries for Proper Recycling of Used Car Batteries


Motolite, the most trusted battery brand in the country, has partnered with the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) in order to ensure the proper disposal and recycling of used lead-acid batteries (ULAB).

Motolite and FPI signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on April 19, 2023 committing to collaborate on the promotion and implementation of the Balik Baterya Program to help rid the environment of pollution-causing ULABs and raise money for FPI's projects and advocacy efforts.


The MOA was signed by Federation of Philippine Industries Chairman Dr. Jesus L. Arranza and Oriental & Motolite Marketing Corporation (OMMC) Marketing Head Alexander M. Osias.

Under the agreement, FPI will promote the Balik Baterya Program to its members and other interested groups and sell ULABs from its members and partner organizations to OMMC for recycling at market pricing. Motolite, on the other hand, will pick up ULABs from FPI and its donors and promptly pay FPI the monetary value of the ULABs.

EERI, the company's accredited recycler, will store, handle, transport, and recycle the collected ULAB. EERI's Sta. Maria, Bulacan battery-recycling facility is cutting-edge. It recycles 10 million batteries annually and recovers 99% of the components for commercial usage.

With EERI serving as the third-party recycler of market leader Motolite and its manufacturer Philippine Batteries Inc. (PBI), the country is assured of a sustainable source of lead-acid batteries via the so-called “urban mining”.

Arranza said Motolite and FPI, through their Balik Baterya partnership, seek to ensure used car batteries are not ending up in landfills or rivers and creeks, particularly since ULABs are considered hazardous wastes.

Motolite has also been actively encouraging its customers to trade in their ULABs for a discount when they buy new batteries. Motolite brings all these used batteries to EERI for recycling. The lead, plastic pellets, and other recycled materials produced by EERI are then channeled back to the production facility of PBI in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

EERI, certified by the Board of Investments as a pioneer in technology in the Philippines, continues to invest a lot in equipment upgrades and R&D to make sure the facility is constantly improving its recycling methods and adhering to international standards.

Aside from hurdling the stringent requirements of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, EERI has received the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 14001:2015, 9001:2015, and 50001 certifications as well.

ISO 14001 is the international standard for an effective environmental management system, while ISO 9001 specifies the requirements for a quality management system. ISO 50001, or the Energy Management System, is the international standard that ensures continual improvement in energy performance aimed at reduction in energy use, therefore reducing costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
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