Are you wondering what to do with your used batteries?
Recycling made easy
If you require further information about battery recycling or recycling in general, please contact any of the following:
your local authority
your local household
waste and recycling centre
local battery retailers
To help make it easier for you to be able to recycle batteries, collection containers are available throughout the UK. Keep an eye out for them in a variety of locations, including in all Superdrug stores. Use the store locator to find your nearest store here.
Why recycle batteries?
The UK throws away 600 million household batteries every year. At present only 3% are collected and recycled with the remaining batteries being sent to land waste. These will eventually breakdown and the dangerous chemicals may leach out resulting in soil and water pollution, in turn causing damage to our natural ecosystems and wildlife.
The materials held within the batteries can be recovered and reused. This will reduce the demand for raw materials required each year and help preserve the resources. As some of the materials are heavy metals such as lead and mercury, it is important that they do not end up in the waste stream.
Guide to household batteries
Alkaline and carbon zinc batteries
description: small dry-cell batteries, sealed, non-rechargeable, Carbon Zinc batteries are labelled general purpose or heavy duty
formats: AA, AAA, D-cell, C-cell, 9-volt, button cells
common uses: cameras, toys, watches, handheld electronics
Lithium (primary) batteries
description: small dry-cell batteries, sealed, non-rechargable
formats: button cells, AA, AAA, 9-volt, small-cylinder, custom sizes.
common uses: watches, cameras, hand held electronics, tyre pressure sensors, alarms, memory backup, remote car locks, pacemakers, high tempertature applications
Lead acid gel batteries
description: small-medium, dry-cell batteries, sealed, rechargeable
formats: rectangular, custom sizes in hard plastic case
common uses: wheel chairs, scooters, golf carts, ride on electric toys, boats, portable tools and instruments
Lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries
description: small dry-cell batteries, sealed, rechargeable
formats: custom sizes in hard plastic case, small-cylinder, button cells
common uses: mobile phones, laptops, power tools, video cameras, hand held electronics