The Impossible Project Discontinues Battery Recycling Program

The Impossible Project Discontinues Battery Recycling Program


New York, NY—Since 2011, The Impossible Project has been helping to protect the environment by encouraging photographers to return their old used film pack batteries to our factory in Enschede, in the Netherlands, so they might be recycled.

Through this program, the company aided in alleviating unnecessary waste and helped improve the environment by reusing the remaining charge in used batteries.

“Unfortunately, more and more of the batteries we receive can no longer be recycled,” the company explained in a statement, “meaning that the environmental cost of shipping them now outweighs the benefit of recycling them. For this reason, we must discontinue the battery return program.

“We thank everyone who has taken part and helped us make a positive environmental impact. We’re continuing to research new ways of making analog instant photography more environmentally friendly. This includes developing new battery-less instant film for our new range of camera products, starting with the Instant Lab and Pinhole cameras.”

Headquartered in Vienna, with a creative studio in Berlin and offices in New York City, Impossible manufactures instant films for traditional Polaroid cameras at the original Polaroid production plant in Enschede, the Netherlands.