How do you dispose of your batteries?



My name is Alice and I’m your commodity consultant for today.

Personally I take my batteries to our local recycling centre (which is just down the road), however, it looks like I am one of the few that do.

“The EUs Batteries Directive requires Member States to collect 30% of the average number of portable batteries placed onto the market over the three years preceding 2013, up from 25% in 2012…

The recycling rate for waste portable batteries has continued to grow from the levels recorded in 2012, when an overall collection rate of 28.34% was achieved, up still from the 18.03% recycling rate recorded in 2011”

Source: UK close to meeting 2013 battery recycling target

The official advice from Duracell is as follows:

“DO – Where possible, recycle your batteries where communities offer recycling or collection programs. You can contact your local government for information about the disposal options in your area...

DON’T – Dispose of large numbers of batteries at one time. Where there are collection programs for used batteries in your area, store used batteries in a non-metal container in a well ventilated area, do not mix the batteries with other items, and bring to the collection facility on a regular basis…

Disposing of All-Purpose & Alkaline Batteries

Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Never dispose of batteries in fire because they could explode. Due to concerns about mercury in the municipal solid waste stream, we have voluntarily eliminated all of the added mercury from our alkaline batteries since 1993, while maintaining the performance you demand. Our alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals—steel, zinc, and manganese—and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal.
It is important not to dispose of large numbers of alkaline batteries in a group. Used batteries are often not completely dead. Grouping used batteries together can bring these live batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks. Proven cost-effective and environmentally safe recycling processes are not yet universally available for alkaline batteries. Some communities offer recycling or collection of alkaline batteries—contact your local government for disposal practices in your area.

Recycling Batteries with Other Chemistries

Due to the chemicals in them, you should recycle rechargeable, lithium, lithium ion, and zinc air batteries. In addition to “traditional” rechargeable batteries like AAs or AAAs, rechargeable batteries like the ones found in everyday household items such as cameras, cell phones, laptops, and power tools should also be recycled. Look for the battery recycling seals on rechargeable batteries.
Car batteries containing lead should be brought only to waste-management centers, where they can eventually be recycled. Because of the value of battery materials, many auto retailers and service centers will buy back your used car batteries for recycling. As part of our commitment to the preservation of the environment, we help fund the nonprofit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) and its Call2Recycle® program. To find a rechargeable battery recycling location near you, visit
Some retailers often collect batteries and electronics for recycling.

Packaging Disposal

We encourage you to recycle packaging as well. As part of our commitment to preserve the environment, we use only nontoxic inks in our packaging and the card portion of our package is made from 55% recycled material. The plastic portion is made with 30% recycled plastic. The battery “can” is made with 40% recycled steel to reduce environmental impact while still maintaining strength.”

Source: Battery Care, Use and Disposal

by MoCCconsultant on May 21st at 9:46am
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