New regulations on the recycling of batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries) were introduced in 2009. The Batteries Regulations aim to significantly increase UK collection and recycling of used portable batteries from the current rate of about 3% to 25% by 2012, rising to at least 45% in 2016.
Under the Waste Battery regulations, Solent Cables Limited are now offering a take back scheme for all portable waste batteries. You can return your waste batteries to our business premises in person (please do not post).
Alternatively, you can find your local recycling facility at www.recyclenow.co.uk
Most supermarkets and shops that sell batteries will have collection bins for used batteries, and some town halls, libraries, and schools may also have collection points. End-users may find stores in their local area more accessible.
What is a Portable Battery?
Portable batteries include AA / AAA cells, button cells, mobile phone batteries and laptop batteries. Products that use portable batteries include;
Cordless Power Tools
Hand-Held Vacuum Cleaners
Manufacturing a product with recycled material uses less energy than making the same product from raw materials.
By recycling old products to make new ones we are minimising the need to use natural resources. This reduces our reliance on depleting ecosystems such as forests and saves natural habitats from destruction.
Save the Planet
Recycling has never been more important than it is today. With the depletion of natural resources it is essential we conserve and reuse what we have. 60% of household waste could be recycled but only 18% is, we want to change this!
Many batteries contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment when not dealt with correctly. The dumping of batteries in your household bin means they will end up in landfill causing pollution.
What Can I Do?
Most batteries can be recycled which has 2 main benefits;
Preventing harmful chemicals from reaching landfill sites and contaminating the environment
By reusing the raw materials in batteries there is less demand on the planets resources
You can visit www.recyclenow.co.uk to find your nearest battery recycling point.
Do's & Don'ts !
Don't throw used batteries into your household waste
Don't send back used batteries in the post as this is counter productive in helping the environment
Do use rechargeable batteries, modern rechargeable batteries in most case last longer than standard alkaline batteries in a single charge and can be recharged upto a 1000 times