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
We operate a kerbside battery collection scheme; batteries can be put in the battery bags provided by us. You can put your bagged batteries out for collection on your recycling day on top of your green recycling bin, but not in it. When a battery bag is collected, a replacement bag will be left.
We can recycle; D, C, AA, AAA, 9V, button, rechargeable, mobile and Ipod and hearing aid batteries. We can also recycle laptop and power tool batteries but can't accept car or other industrial batteries.
To help make the scheme more efficient, we ask that residents save batteries until they have at least ten to present. However, bags with fewer than ten batteries will still be collected.
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
Last updated: Wed 19th October, 2016 @ 11:01