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How to recycle batteries
Some councils collect batteries as part of their household collection service but in most areas you will need to take them to a recycling centre or a collection point in a supermarket, a DIY centre or even your local shop.
Which types of batteries can be recycled?
- All household batteries including 'button' batteries from watches.
- Battery packs from laptops, mobile phones, power tools and remote control units.
- Car batteries should be recycled at designated collection points.
What else can I do?
- Use rechargeable batteries wherever possible or plug electrical equipment into the mains electricity
- Try to buy appliances that use renewable energy - a wind-up radio or torch, dynamo bicycle lights or a solar powered calculator.
From February 2010, shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year (approx 345 x four-packs of AA batteries) have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store. This means there are now lots more places where you can take your old batteries for recycling.
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