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  • Much of the UK's electronic waste ends up in landfill sites, where toxins put communities at risk. Failure to segregate any type of recyclable material in the home will usually result in items being disposed of in a landfill site (buried in the ground in the UK) or being incinerated.

    The UK WEEE Regulations require that businesses involved in the supply of electrical equipment take an active role in its collection and recycling.

    The aim of the legislation is to:
    • Make good use of the materials that make up old electrical equipment by recycling rather than disposing in landfill.
    • Prevent the negative enviromnental effects of sending often hazardous electrical equipment to landfill.  


    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is taken back free of charge at Superdrug stores on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis.

    Waste batteries including rechargeable batteries are taken back free of charge in Superdrug stores. You are not obliged to make any purchase when returning old batteries here.

    Each local authority must also accept household WEEE and small batteries free of charge at its recycling facilities.

    All WEEE and waste batteries must be recycled and should not be placed in any of your household wheelie bins. Make sure you always recycle all your old electrical old electrical goods and batteries

    So that you can get your old electrical products recycled, Superdrug has made a financial contribution toward the development of improved recycling collection points (known as 'Designated Collection Facilities') throughout the UK through our membership of the Distributor Take Back Scheme.

    You can recycle your electrical equipment

    recycle binTo remind you to recycle, all new electrical products are marked with a crossed out wheelie bin symbol.

    Customers can take any old electrical equipment to participating civic amenity sites (often known as ‘household waste recycling centres’) run by their local councils. Please remember that this equipment will be further handled during the recycling process, so please be sure to remove any non- electrical product (for example food waste).

    The following materials are collected:
    • Hairdryers
    • Beauty Electricals
    • Fridges
    • Other large kitchen appliances
    • TVs and monitors
    • Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs
    • All other waste electrical and electronic equipment

    You can locate your closest participating recycling centre at: or by calling our Customer Services Help line on 0800 096 1055. Please remember to have your postcode to hand.

    Did you Know...?

    UK households dispose of over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste every year. This is the equivalent of 150,000 double decker buses and would be enough to fill the new Wembley Stadium 6 times over.

    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:


    contact: your local authority

    visit: your local household waste and recycling centre

    visit: 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



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