Batteries

Where can I recycle?

Some councils collect as part of your household collection service but in most areas you will need to take them to a recycling centre or a collection point.

Did you know?

From February 2010, shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year (approx 345 x four-packs of AA batteries) have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store.  This means there are now lots more places where you can take your old batteries for recycling. If you can’t see a collection box, ask the shop assistant if they have one – sometimes (in smaller shops) they keep it behind the counter.

What else can I do?

  • Use rechargeable batteries wherever possible – you can even buy a solar powered recharger!
  • Plug electrical equipment into the mains electricity.
  • Try to buy appliances that use renewable energy – a wind-up radio or torch, dynamo bicycle lights or a solar powered calculator.
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