Why do we need to recycle batteries?
Around 600 million batteries are used each year. That's equivalent to 21
batteries for each UK household. While 22,000 tonnes of domestic batteries are disposed of each year
(equivalent to the weight of 2750 Double Decker Buses), less than 1,000 tonnes are recycled.
The UK currently collects less than 2% of waste portable batteries, one of the
lowest rates in Europe. Spent batteries are a huge environmental hazard;
most end up in people's dustbins and ultimately in landfill leaking
hazardous heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium as the batteries
degrade. This can cause soil and water pollution which damages the environment.
Battery recycling facilities are available in our shop. We accept all
non-lead acid battery types, including both rechargeable and non-rechargeable
batteries and battery packs from electrical equipment:
Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)
Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
It is illegal to throw batteries in the bin for landfill.
You will only be allowed to dispose of your waste batteries at designated collection points
Why should we recycle waste electrical goods?
Each year in the UK we throw away over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste.
That is the equivalent of 150,000 Double Decker Buses!
Over 75% of waste electrical goods end up in landfill, where lead and other toxins contained in
the electrical goods can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a very harmful effect
on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health.
Many of the electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to
save natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with
sending waste electrical goods to landfill.
To minimize our impact on this earth and to protect the environment for future generations
it is important that we are all aware of the consequences of our actions and how we can make a difference.
The Crossed Out Wheelie Bin Symbol
Electrical and Electronic Equipment that was made after 13th August 2005 should
display this symbol on the packaging or product. Either send the product to be
repaired and reused or take the old appliance to your local civic amenity site for safe disposal.
The UK's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations
allow members of the public to deposit old electrical and electronic items at recycling sites across the UK, free of charge.
As part of the regulations, we as a retailer offer our customers the option to return
their WEEE in store, free of charge when purchasing a similar item or an item for similar use as their old equipment.
For further details please consult a member of staff