household batteries

Batteries should not go into your rubbish or recycling bin at home. Batteries are difficult products to recycle because they are made from so many different materials and they are hazardous as well.

You can take used batteries to be recycled at most large shops or one of our reuse and recycling centres. In fact, any shop selling more than 32kg of batteries a year (around 345 x four-packs of AA batteries each year) have to provide battery recycling collection in-store.

You can bring:

  • All household batteries including 'button' batteries from watches.
  • Battery packs from laptops, mobile phones, power tools and remote control units - these are called 'lithium batteries'. But please put these in a plastic bag before putting into a battery recycling bin because they cause fire risk when mixed with other battery types.
  • Leaky or spoiled batteries, as long as they are in a sealed plastic bag so no liquid can get out. However, if you have a damaged lithium battery, please email (opens in a new window) along with a photo of the battery. We will then give you advice about the safest way to dispose of it.
  • Car batteries can also be recycled but only at designated collection points, not in your home recycling.

Find your nearest battery recycling point using the form below, or by visiting the Recycle Now website (opens in a new window).

Reduce waste and save money!

You can reduce waste by using rechargeable batteries and/or plugging electrical equipment into the mains electricity when at home. Or consider using appliances that use renewable energy - a wind-up radio or torch, dynamo bicycle lights, or a solar-powered calculator.