We collect batteries for recycling from households across the district
Once you’ve filled a bag with batteries – they can be any size of household battery (no car batteries, please) – simply leave your filled bag on top of your green bin where our collection teams can clearly see it and we will take it away.
Bags left inside the bins won’t be recycled.
Where else can I recycle batteries
Most large shops and supermarkets which stock batteries provide recycling bins in store which can be used should you not wish to store used batteries at home.
All local recycling centres accept old batteries.
Rechargeable batteries can be used over and over again
Some of the best batteries will last for at least 200 charges before their capacity decreases significantly.
Although disposables are often cheaper and don’t require a charger, if you think of how many you’ll have to buy in just one rechargeable battery’s lifetime, it’s pretty clear there’s a great saving.
And that’s not the only good thing about them. Rechargeable batteries are far better for the environment, one of them being that they use a lot of energy and resources in their production for such a short lifespan.
Safety advice for storing batteries
Batteries do not present a risk to health and safety if handled correctly. However, residents should be aware that some batteries contain hazardous substances that can leak out and others can cause fires if broken apart, they come into contact with water or they are heated.
Therefore, the following common sense measures should be applied to limit the risk posed by the storage of waste batteries:
- Ensure that other materials are not mixed with the batteries
- Ensure that batteries do not have exposed trailing wires that can cause short circuits
- Ensure that batteries have the terminals covered with tape
- Ensure that the container is positioned in a cool, dry place
- Ensure that the container is stored away from combustible materials