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Batteries are one of the main culprits for fires across our waste transfer sites. Batteries should not be put in a bin but recycled separately.

Whilst many things are now chargeable, there are still lots of items in your home that need batteries to keep them running, from remote controllers and clocks. There are lots of different types of battery. Each type is used for a different reason so when you’re buying products, try to buy ones that need the same types of batteries.

Impact of Batteries

As batteries corrode, their chemicals soak into soil and contaminate groundwater and surface water. If batteries are incorrectly disposed in with your black bin waste, it can cause fires at our transfer stations leading to delays in bin collections.

Types of batteries
  • Alkaline manganese

  • Zinc-carbon

  • Nickel Cadmium

  • Lithium Ion

  • Nickel Metal Hydride

  • Single-use lithium

  • Silver oxide

  • Zinc Air

Reduce
  • Look for chargeable electrical instead of battery operated
  • Plug your electrical items into the mains instead of using batteries
  • Buy a wind-up torch or radio.
  • Choose a solar mobile phone charger.
Reuse
  • Buy rechargeable batteries and a charger so you can use the batteries again and again.

Recycle
  • Take your batteries to the shops when you go to buy new batteries. Most large retailers e.g. supermarkets, DIY stores and electrical shops have a box to collect batteries for recycling.

  • Check your household recycling collection

Still wanting to visit your local Recycling Centre?

Brent recycling centre

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Ealing recycling centre

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Harrow recycling centre

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Hillingdon recycling centre

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Hounslow recycling centre

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Richmond recycling centre

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