Sri Nihal Tammana of Edison founded the nonprofit Recycle My Battery in 2019. Since then, the 11-year-old and a team of 45 other children have recycled more than 38,000 batteries and helped place certified battery bins in schools, businesses and at shopping areas. The 5th grader in Woodbrook Elementary School, whose program has gone nationwide, has been named by the Murphy administration among recipients of its 2020 Environmental Excellence awards. It’s just the latest recognition for the environmental activist, who has been amassing commendations.
Woodbrook Elementary principal Nicole Cirillo wrote in August that Nihal brought the recycling program first to his own school and then to all the public schools in Edison. “He has built awareness by formally presenting to the children in the school, educating them on the importance of recycling batteries, and the dangers of leaving batteries in landfills. More importantly, Nihal took ACTION!” she wrote.