In the UK, we use and throw away up to a billion batteries every year, or the equivalent of at least ten each. That’s a lot of batteries! But what happens to batteries once they’re no longer working?
Dead batteries actually contain lots of valuable materials that can be recycled and used to make new things.
More and more people are recycling their old batteries each year. In fact, in 2019, 24% of UK households said they have either started recycling batteries, or are recycling more dead batteries than they used to*.
However, despite this, fewer than half of all the batteries discarded in the UK are currently recycled properly, which means millions still end up in the rubbish bin where they can become zombies.
*Source: WRAP 2019
How to recycle your used batteries..
Once they’ve run out of charge, all the batteries you use in electronic devices at home can be recycled for free by taking them to your nearest council Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) or to a battery collection point often found in supermarkets, DIY stores, and many other public places. Some local councils also offer a kerbside battery recycling service, making it even easier to recycle them responsibly.
Car batteries, or other large or specialist battery types, can be recycled by taking them to a car-battery recycling point at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Also, car garages will often take your old battery to be recycled when they replace it with a new one.
Find out how you can recycle all sorts of batteries.