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    Recycling

    Why recycle?

    When it comes to protecting the environment, every little helps! Batteries are part of our everyday lives and we use large quantities of them. If they aren’t disposed of carefully, they can release harmful substances into the environment. Disposal points have been made available near you to help you to correctly and safely dispose of your used batteries. After careful sorting, the used batteries are grouped together according to their technologies. Processing centres then recover the metals used to make them in order to return them to the production industry. This not only helps to limit the introduction of toxic materials into nature but also to produce materials for use in the future.


    What can be recycled?

    The following technologies:

    • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
    • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
    • Lithium-ion (Li-ion)
    • Lead acid

    For example: Tool batteries, mobile phone batteries, laptop batteries, camera batteries, batteries for household appliances with the exception of car batteries.

    The following technologies:

    • Alkaline
    • Saline
    • Lithium
    • Silver oxide


    Who can you recycle with?

    AllBatteries UK works with VALPAK to organise the collection and disposal of used batteries.

    Valpak                         Recycle-More

    Valpak takes on the responsibility of organising the collection and recycling of its members’ used batteries as well as raising consumer awareness about recycling these items. They work along with collection partners such Recycle-More and have established a system to provide consumers with the opportunity to recycle their household batteries.


    Collection points:
    Click here to find your nearest recycling bank.

     

    What happens to the batteries which are collected?

    Once the batteries have been collected and processed the heavy metals they contain are no longer a threat to the environment and can be used to produce new consumer goods.

     

    Collection via Recycle-More bank – Pick-up – Sorting – Mechanical processing – Chemical processing – Recycled products:
    - Plastics
    - Chemical salts
    - Metals

    Recycling process:
    Recycling process
    Sorting: Once the batteries have been collected and taken to the depot, the batteries and accumulators are separated into seven groups based on their composition and the processing techniques available. Each group then undergoes processing.

    Processing: Once they have been sorted, the metals in the batteries and accumulators can be extracted. It is possible to recover over 50% of the materials and even over 65% for some batteries.
    • Re-use: The recovered metals can be used for building many of our everyday items.

    Examples

    • Copper work
    • Vehicle parts (steel, aluminium)
    • Cans (iron, aluminium)
    • Gutters (zinc)
    • Household items: cutlery… (stainless steel)
    • Bicycles (iron, aluminium, copper, nickel…)
    • Keys (iron, nickel)
    • Batteries


    Facts about recycling

    • Valpak serves over 4000 members.
    • Recycle-More recycling banks available all over the country
    • In the UK, we throw away about 600 million batteries each year.
    • Batteries are recycled at a lower rate in the UK than in other European countries.
    • Objectives set in the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations were:
    25% recycling rate by 2012 and 45% recycling rate by 2016

    • Processing: Once they have been sorted, the metals in the batteries and accumulators can be extracted. It is possible to recover over 50% of the materials and even over 65% for some batteries.
    • Re-use: The recovered metals can be used for building many of our everyday items.

    If you are unsure about what you can recycle, you can download a chart here.

    We are registered with the Environment Agency our Number is BPRN 00649
    Valpak Membership number RM06298
    Recycling service provided by RECYCLE MORE
    Click here to find your nearest recycling bank

    Find out about Waste Batteries and Accumulators and WEEE regulations here.

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