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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, and a member of our team will book you in for your commercial battery recycling.