Recycling batteries - all you need to know | RegenWaste.com
In an ideal world, all batteries would be rechargeable so that you would never have to throw away another used one again. Sadly, technology is still a while away from this, so in the meantime we need to find responsible ways to dispose of single use batteries we no longer need. Read our latest post for all you need to know about recycling batteries responsibly.
Why should you recycle batteries?
In the past, many everyday use batteries contained mercury which was a very harmful and toxic material to be released into the environment as it corroded on a landfill site. Today, mercury has been largely removed from popular alkaline batteries which is good news for the planet, but as there are still chemicals and metals used in their production which are harmful, they need to be disposed of carefully, instead of just being thrown into household waste. Car batteries cannot be disposed of in your regular waste as they contain lead. When you get your car battery replaced, this will be disposed of properly so that the harmful components are neutralised, and any salvageable material can be saved to make new batteries.
What types of batteries can you recycle?
Whilst you aren’t required by law to recycle alkaline batteries due to the removal of mercury, you should still aim to recycle as much as you can. In terms of batteries that you can recycle, you can safely dispose of most batteries:
- Regular single use alkaline batteries which are common in every household
- Car batteries
- Old mobile phone batteries
- Laptop batteries
- Batteries from power tools
Always check manufactures guidelines for advice on the recyclable components of your tech.
Where can you recycle batteries?
Battery recycling services for regular household batteries are available from many convenient locations, such as supermarkets, libraries and department stores. Any retailer wishing to get involved can request a battery recycling box for their organisation, and in some cases retailers are required by law to provide this service.
You can store dead batteries at home until you have a small amount to recycle in one go – we like this idea of re-using an old coffee can to keep them in until you drop them off at a designated recycling point.
Safe disposal of laptop and mobile phone batteries has become more of a concern for electronics companies, as they try to manage this waste as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts. Designated battery collection points will accept these used batteries free of charge and dispose of them responsibly for you. For more information on this service, check the seller’s website for details.