Disposal of batteries can be an inconvenient chore and often causes confusion with regards to how various batteries should be disposed of and/or recycled.
There is a range of battery types which can be recycled, these include but are not limited to;
- Household batteries including ‘button’ batteries from watches
- Battery packs from laptops, mobile phones, power tools and remote control units
- Car batteries
Some councils make the collection of batteries a service inline with household waste, however, in most areas you will need to take them to a licensed recycling centre.
Why are some batteries classed as hazardous?
Effectively, all batteries are classed as hazardous waste because they can contain corrosive materials such as sulphuric acid or potassium hydroxide, or heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. Under certain conditions, these materials can be explosive and very dangerous. Source: Recycling-Guide.org.uk and G P Batt
However, some household batteries such as Duracell AA, maybe alkaline and if labelled so can be disposed of safely at home as these are not potentially dangerous. As directed by their website: “Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste.”
How do I recycle my old batteries?
If you have batteries to dispose of, our recycling centres at Commercial Recycling can help you.
In order to complete the disposal of your waste batteries at one of our recycling centres you will need the following:
- A consignment note that is pre-completed and ready for final signature. Alternatively, you will need to sign a hazardous waste declaration form to confirm that the items originate from a ‘separately collected domestic fraction’, in this case, there is no need for the consignment note.
- A pre-booked slot for disposal – simply get in touch with a member of our staff to do this.
- Effectively and securely packed the batteries so they can be safely transported and tipped at one of our sites.
How much does battery disposal cost?
Where is the closest battery disposal site?
Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne, Dorset is a fully licensed facility that allows contractors, organisations and tradespeople to safely dispose of their batteries. This recycling centre is an ideal location for businesses working in Poole and Bournemouth:
- Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne Dorset BH21 3BW
- Tel: 01202 331560
- Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday and 07:00 – 12:00 on Saturdays
View our dedicated blog post for more information on Canford Recycling Centre.
If your business is located in Somerset we do have a recycling centre at Evercreech, BA4 6LX, near Shepton Mallet. This site is open Monday to Friday between 07:30 – 17:00. Please note, this recycling centre only accepts non-hazardous batteries. For further information please call 01749 830899.