Why we should all be recycling our used portable batteries

Thursday, October 12, 2023
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Hey there fellow Triple-A heroes! In this post, we’re diving into the world of battery recycling – and the impact of us all collectively making it a part of our household routine. So, grab a cuppa, and let's have a casual chat about why we should all be recycling batteries.

First off, why should we even bother recycling batteries you might wonder? Well, let's break it down. Batteries are a part of our daily lives. From the ones powering out TV remotes to those in our smartphones and electric vehicles – batteries are everywhere. But here’s the kicker: they don’t last forever.

When your TV remote stops working, or your trusty portable phone charger just doesn’t hold the juice like it used to, what do you do? You might think, “Ah, it’s just one small battery – no big deal”. Here lies the issue, every battery adds up – resulting in over 600 million thrown away each year in the UK. These millions of batteries are ending up in landfills, becoming a huge problem for the environment.

So, why should we all care about recycling batteries? Let’s dive in:

Environmental Impact

Batteries contain hazardous materials like lead, cadmium, and mercury. When they end up in landfills, these toxins can leach into the soil and water, posing serious risks to our environment and wildlife. Local ecosystems and water basins surrounding landfill sites can severely suffer at the hands of the chemicals from thrown-away batteries, resulting in plants and animals that ordinarily thrive in aquatic environments being unable to survive.

Conserving Our Resources

Recycling batteries helps to recover valuable materials like nickel, cobalt, and lithium, which can be reused in new batteries. This reduces the need for mining and preserves precious natural resources.

Reducing Battery Fires

Reports of battery-related fires at recycling centres and waste facilities are now occurring on a daily basis in the UK. If batteries are already damaged or crushed when disposed of in general household waste, this poses a serious risk of sparking a fire. These fires are endangering the environment and the individuals working at these centres.

Energy Savings

We all have a role to play in protecting our planet. By recycling batteries, we can contribute to a safer and more sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.


Are you now sat there totting up the number of used batteries you’ve got lying about the house? Recycling them is easier than you think! We have 30,000 collection points and counting in supermarkets and retailers across the UK – find your nearest Battrecycle bin via our locator here. Just drop them off, and we’ll take care of the rest.

So, the next time you find yourself with a stack of old batteries, don’t toss them in the bin – take a little trip to your nearest recycling point. Mother Earth will thank you, and so will we!

Just look for #TheBigYellowBatteryBin.

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