How is it recycled? Batteries

Used batteries can be sent for recycling by placing them into collection containers that can be found at many retail outlets and other public buildings across the UK.
Compliance schemes, like Valpak which works in partnership with G & P Batteries, collect these boxes and take the batteries away to be recycled.
Sorting batteries before recycling helps the recycling process. This is because batteries are made from many different chemistries such as lithium-ion (used in laptop batteries), zinc (used in AA batteries) or nickel cadmium (used in power tool batteries).
Sorting batteries into their different chemistry types means more of the original material can be recovered to make new products.
There are different ways of recycling batteries; however, the aim is always the same recovering the raw material used to make the battery so that it can be used again to make something new. Download a copy of our How Batteries are Recycled document.
The table below outlines some common battery types and the different ways the recovered materials can be used:
Battery Type Battery Use Recovered Material Potential Uses
Lead Acid Batteries Cars, forklifts Lead Lead acid batteries
Polypropylene Battery cases - other products
Gypsum (from the acid) Agriculture and other industries (filler for plasterboard and washing powder)
Nickel Cadmium Power tools Nickel Metal Plating
Steel Steel Industry
Cadmium Batteries - restricted use
Zinc-based Batteries Domestic Steel Steel Industry
Zinc Many Industrial Applications
Manganese Many Industrial Applications
Nickel Metal Hydride Mobile phones Nickel Steel Industry
Steel Steel Industry
Lithium Ion Laptops Cobalt Electronics, battery, paint manufacture
Steel Steel Industry
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