Batteries - Domestic (AA, AAA etc)

Recycled via: 

  • Supermarkets and retail outlets.
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
  • Not accepted at kerbside or local recycling points.
  • After collection, each battery type goes to a facility where they can recover the valuable materials and capture any pollutants and heavy metals. 
  • Batteries are sorted manually and automatically by chemistry type. The sorted batteries are stored and carefully identified to avoid further mixing.
  • Depending on the chemistry of the battery they can be shredded or heated.  These processes recover materials such as iron, steel zinc oxide, cadmium, nickel, cobalt copper and mercury.

Did you know? 

  • From February 2010, shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year (approx 345 x four-packs of AA batteries) have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store. This means there are now a lot more places you can take your old batteries for recycling.

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