The Take Charge+ Campaign was established in 2020 and is managed by the Environmental Services Association (ESA).
The ESA represents many of the UK’s largest recycling and waste management companies, which provide recycling and waste services to local councils and businesses across the United Kingdom.
Each year, ESA members share and compile data about fires at recycling and waste management facilities (including in collection vehicles) in the United Kingdom. In 2019/20, this data showed that around a third of these fires were started by lithium-ion batteries alone. However, in many cases the precise cause of fires is never established, so it is likely that batteries are responsible for a larger proportion of recycling and waste facility fires.
Unfortunately, the majority of used batteries discarded in the UK are currently not recycled properly. To avoid these fires, which put lives at risk, the Take Charge campaign was started to raise awareness of the dangers and to encourage consumers to Recycle Batteries Responsibly, using free and widely available battery recycling points.
Take Charge is sponsored by the ESA and European Recycling Platform (ERP). We are also particularly grateful to Viridor, FCC, SUEZ, Biffa, Amey and WasteCare for contributions to the campaign content. Take Charge is supported by the following organisations: