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Where do I go for commercial battery recycling near me?

With so many different types of battery used in the workplace, and various legislation governing how to dispose of unwanted batteries, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to local battery disposal.

To help, below we’ve outlined some key pieces of information you’ll need to know regarding battery recycling, along with details on the types of batteries that can be disposed of at our Wimborne recycling facility.

Why do batteries often need specialist disposal?

Batteries are classed as a hazardous waste, and therefore need to follow the appropriate disposal protocols. Although you may wonder how batteries can be grouped in the same category as many other more seemingly harmful wastes, it’s important to know that they can actually become explosive in certain conditions.

Technically, even your standard household batteries (such as AAAs) are considered hazardous. This is because batteries contain dangerous chemicals such as sulphuric acid, potassium hydroxide, or heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. However, as these household batteries are alkaline, they can legally be disposed of alongside your normal household waste.

For all other battery types, it is your duty to dispose of them in a manner compliant with current legislation. One option is to choose battery recycling using a fully licensed facility that is able to safely store and process hazardous wastes, such as Canford Recycling Centre.

Types of batteries we recycle at Commercial Recycling

At our recycling centre in Wimborne, we can accept a variety of battery types for recycling. Even if they are unable to be recycled, we can dispose of them as a hazardous waste in the appropriate, legal manner.

Batteries we accept for recycling include, but are not limited to:

  • Household batteries such as AA, AAA, D etc.
  • Coin / button battery varieties (such as those found in watches and car keys)
  • Plug-in battery packs (such as chargers for laptops, mobiles power tools etc.)
  • Car batteries

If you can’t see the type of battery that you’re looking to recycle above, please give our friendly team a call on 01202 331560. Alternatively, why not take a picture of the battery in question and email it to our team using

How to recycle batteries

As batteries are a hazardous waste, you’ll need to book your disposal in advance. Simply give us a call on 01202 331560, or email, and a member of our team will book you in for your commercial battery recycling.

What are IBC containers and how are they used in hazardous waste management?

Patented in 1933, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) have proven to be a valuable asset in commercial waste management services, as well as being efficient in storing and stacking various materials, like hazardous waste.

The many advantages of using IBC containers has resulted in them often now being used in place of traditional solutions like storage cans and barrels. In this article, we cover the key factors concerning IBC containers, as well as illustrate how Commercial Recycling use them for waste storage and transportation.

What is an IBC?

IBC stands for intermediate bulk containers, which are pallet-mounted, reusable containers most commonly used to store and transport bulk waste.

The three main types of IBC containers in use today can be categorised under rigid, folding and flexible, with the most common being rigid.

Rigid IBC containers are capable of stacking and can be moved by forklift or pallet pump (a tool used to lift and move pallets).

Their size is considered to be ‘intermediate’ as the volume they carry sits between that of a tank and a drum. The most common volumes of IBC containers are1,040 litres and 1,250 litres.

What are IBCs made of?

IBC containers can be made of a variety of materials, depending on factors such as if it will be reused or not, legal requirements and the type of IBC.

For rigid IBCs, the inner containers are often made from plastics such as polyethene, or metals like aluminium or iron. The outer container is usually made from a protective layer of zinc covering either iron or steel.

In contrast, folding IBCs don’t have a rigid outer cage and are made of very durable plastic that allows the container to fold inwards when empty. Flexible IBCs are made from various heavy-duty materials such as woven polypropylene or polyethene.

What is an IBC used for?

Rigid intermediate bulk containers are commonly used to commercially store, transport and stack the following:

  • Hazardous waste materials (this is what Commercial Recycling use IBCs for)
  • Sands and grains
  • Healthcare-related items including solid commodities and bio-waste
  • Raw materials used in industrial production
  • Liquid wastes, including water
  • Chemical products, such as oils, solvents, adhesives or detergents
  • Paints and industrial coatings
  • Liquid, granulated, and powdered food ingredients and syrups
  • Agricultural and greenhouse waste

Commercial Recycling deals with the legalities and compliance that comes with handling all waste types, including hazardous waste. From registering your premises with the Environment Agency, to completing the relevant paperwork, you can rely on Commercial Recycling. Contact them here or phone them on 01202 331560 to arrange your waste disposal.

What are the benefits of an intermediate bulk container?

There are many benefits to using IBC containers for waste removal, with the most commonly cited being;

  • They provide a reliable, safe and consistent way to handle, store or transport commercial materials.
  • IBCs are more effective for storage than round tanks, as they can be stacked on top of each other to save room.
  • Despite being slightly less durable than rigid containers, both folding and flexible IBCs take up even less space once empty.
  • IBCs are easier to load on pallet stacks and forklift trucks due to their regular shape, which ensures that the contents inside stay safe.
  • They can contain a large capacity of waste, which reduces the number of containers required.
  • IBC reconditioning systems enable IBCs to be used numerous times, which benefits the environment and saves company budgets.

Hazardous waste boxes

As well as IBC containers, Commercial Recycling also offers an affordable hazardous waste box that is the perfect solution for businesses needing to dispose of much smaller amounts of hazardous waste. This simple, low-cost service is available to all businesses, tradespeople and individuals in the Bournemouth / BH postcode areas.

Our hazardous waste boxes are just £70.00 +VAT.

Learn more about our hazardous waste boxes here >>

Contact Commercial Recycling for your waste disposal

If you would like more information on our hazardous waste containers or would like to arrange waste disposal with Commercial Recycling, you can give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us at

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