- All waste batteries are classified as hazardous waste and recycling is always the best option.
- Ordinary household batteries do contain some hazardous chemicals so ideally should not be thrown out with the day to day rubbish.
- Rechargeable batteries contain harmful metals, so should never be thrown away with daily rubbish, they should be returned to manufacturer for disposal or recycled elsewhere.
- Local councils or garages sometimes offer battery-recycling services.
- Contact your local council to see if they are running a battery collection scheme.
- Contact the battery manufacturer for further recycling advice.
- Ordinary batteries require a lot of energy to make, so in order to save energy, use rechargeable batteries and electricity mains instead of ordinary batteries.
- Rechargable batteries are the most environmentally friendly option as can last for up to several hundred charging cycles resulting in less waste being produced.
Read our blog about the new rules and regulations for battery recycling that came into force on the 5th May 2009.
From the 1st January 2010 BatteryBack, the official recycling scheme for the new battery regulations, will provide FREE nationwide battery collection and recycling.