Why Recycle Batteries?

Did you know that each year in the UK we throw away around 600 million batteries? 

Did you know that each year in the UK we throw away around 600 million batteries?   

Laid end-to-end these batteries would reach from the UK to Australia and back again. That is a lot of batteries!


12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions could be avoided 

According to Directgov, over 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions could be avoided if the UK can meet its recycling target of at least 45 per cent of batteries by 2016. 

Batteries can be found in every room in the house. They are used in electrical and electronic items, for example: toys, remote controls, mobile phones, alarm clocks and even doorbells. In fact, every person in Britain uses about 10 batteries a year! 

Most batteries are put into rubbish bins and then taken to landfill sites. There are different types of batteries which can contain dangerous chemicals including: lead,cadmium, zinc, lithium and even mercury. 

When batteries begin to rot away in landfill sites these chemicals may leak into the ground, which can cause soil and water pollution. When chemicals contaminate soil and water animals, humans and the environment can be harmed. 

Recycling is a great way to help protect the environment. Each battery placed in a recycling bin will be taken apart and the materials will be used to make something new.

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UK battery collection network

Since battery recycling laws came into force in February 2010, most shops and supermarkets that sell batteries have collection bins in-store for used batteries. In addition, some town halls, libraries and schools may have also set up collection schemes.
 
You can also recycle batteries at many Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Type your postcode into the recycle-more recycling locator to find where you can recycle your batteries.
 
Click here to find out more about recycling batteries.
 
Click here to find out more about the battery recycling process.

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