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Battery collections 

Recycle your batteries

In the UK we throw away over 600 million batteries every year.  Most old batteries end up in landfill, where they can leak harmful chemicals into the soil.

You can help to change this by participating in our new battery recycling scheme.

Find out more about hosting a battery collection point

Where to take your batteries

Battery collection sites located at -

A number of primary schools are also participating in the scheme. Look out for advertising at your children’s school.

You can also take your batteries to any household waste and recycling centres.

Find your local household waste and recycling centre

What happens to the batteries next

The batteries are collected and taken to a recycling centre in the UK. They are then sorted into batches based on the chemical content of the battery.  After sorting, the waste batteries are reprocessed to produce other products, or even new batteries.


Types of batteries that can recycled

You can deposit the following batteries at the collection points -

  • all AAA and AA cells
  • sizes C and D
  • button batteries (e.g watch batteries)
  • mobile phone batteries
  • laptop batteries

 It doesn't matter if the batteries are full, partially used or out of date.  We can also accept rechargeable batteries.

We cannot accept car or similar batteries for recycling through this scheme.  These can be taken to the household waste recycling centres. 

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