Why is battery recycling so important?
Batteries are found in hundreds of different electrical items in our homes, garden sheds and places of work. By recycling every used battery, you can help save energy and materials that can be used to make something new and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
58% of respondents in our 2019 consumer survey reported taking their batteries to either retailer drop off bins or their local HWRC. However, it is estimated that around half of all batteries sold in the UK are still not being recycled and are probably being put in residual waste bins. Batteries contain substances which require specialist treatment and can be harmful to the environment or cause fires when not treated in the correct way.
So next time you remove or replace a battery, put it in a dry, safe place and drop it off at a retailer collection point or your local HWRC on your next trip.