Battery Recycling

Why Recycle your Batteries?

In the UK, only around 10 percent of consumer batteries are currently recycled. The target for 2011 is 18%. Usually, old batteries end up in landfill, which is a danger to our environment as they can leak harmful chemicals into the ground. You, the public, have a major part to play in the reduction of the amount of batteries ending up in landfill – choose recycling.

Where you can Recycle your Batteries

Many of our Recycle with Clarity sites will accept your batteries for recycling. Please click here to find your local site.

Alternatively, you can also recycle your batteries in most shops and supermarkets, as well as community buildings such as libraries and council buildings. You can also take your batteries to your local Civic Amenity site, or other recycling sites in your area.

What Batteries can be Recycled

Batteries from the items listed below can all be recycled:

Please note this list is not exhaustive.

  • Cordless power tools
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Hand-held vacuum cleaners
  • Hearing aidsLaptops
  • Mobile phones
  • Portable cameras
  • Razors
  • Torches
  • Watches

Facts & Figures

Currently 30,000 tonnes of consumer batteries go into landfill every year.

The UK buys over 1 billion consumer batteries every year.

More than 80 percent of the population dispose of consumer batteries in the normal waste bin.

As a result of an EU directive, the UK is aiming to increase the recycling of consumer batteries from 18 percent in 2011 to 45 percent by 2016.