How can I recycle dead batteries responsibly?

You can prevent dead batteries from becoming zombies by always recycling them separately from other waste material.

Batteries come in many different forms, but all batteries can be recycled for free at convenient locations across the country. These are most often located at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or in larger shops, like supermarkets and DIY stores. Some local councils also offer kerbside battery collection services, making it even easier.

If you enter your location into the box below, we’ll show you where your nearest battery recycling points are.

*The battery recycling point locator has kindly been made available to Take Charge by WRAP

According to a 2019 survey, nearly a quarter of UK households admit to throwing used batteries in the rubbish bin instead of recycling them responsibly!*

*Source: WRAP

Five top tips to help stop dead batteries from becoming zombies

Some electronic devices, like newer mobile phones and tablets, contain batteries which are not easily removed. If they’re in working order, these items should be re-used or donated to charity to keep them in use for as long as possible, but once they are at the end of their useful life, they should be recycled only with other waste electrical items at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Some online services will actually give you money for your old mobile phones, tablets and laptops even if they’re no longer working – so check online first before recycling them. 

How should I recycle my dead battery?

Unsure how to recycle your used batteries? Answer the questions below to find out what to do with them.

Battery Decision Tree Infographic showing how to recycle different batteries

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