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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:

Alkaline Mananese
Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)
Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Single-use Lithium
Silver Oxide
Zinc Air

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