An environmentally friendly alternative to standard batteries are rechargeable batteries.

The initial cost is higher but is paid back multiple times as the batteries can be used again and again. These are also recyclable, making them the perfect alternative.

Why rechargeable batteries?

It is really important to divert batteries from landfill because they contain heavy metals that can be harmful for the environment, animals and us.

These heavy metals may leak into the ground when the battery casing corrodes, which leads to soil and water pollution and endangers wildlife.

How to recycle used batteries

Our materials recycling facility are no longer able to accept battery recycling and therefore our kerbside battery collection service is currently under review. Residents are advised to use alternative ways to recycle used batteries while this service is temporarily suspended.

We are not currently delivering anymore battery recycling bags to residents.

Other ways to recycle batteries

Leicestershire County Council’s Recycling and Household Waste Sites (tips) in Loughborough, Shepshed and Mountsorrel all accept batteries for recycling.

Retailers who sell more than 32kg of batteries each year are legally obliged to accept batteries for recycling in their outlets. There should be a collection container in store

Use the recyclenow website to find out your closest battery recycling point.

Last updated: Thu 24th September, 2020 @ 13:31