It's easy to buy rechargeable batteries and battery recycling points can be found in most shops, yet a staggering 178 million used batteries are hoarded in UK homes. Despite collection points being available in supermarkets, schools and offices only 45% of batteries are being recycled.


Why recycle batteries

Household batteries contain heavy metals including lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium. The heavy metals found in batteries can be reused, however, millions of batteries end up in landfill where they go unused and cause damage to the environment.

What can you do?

1) Dig out

Where are your batteries hiding? In every home, there is a drawer, a cupboard or a remote control where used and discarded batteries linger. Go on a search through your house and dig out all your used batteries.

2) Locate

Use this locator to find your nearest collection point - you might be surprised by how close it is! 

3) Drop off

#BringBackHeavyMetal by dropping your old batteries in a collection point. Celebrate with a metal hand selfie.

Top tip: It’s easy to forget so give your future self a nudge. Keep your old batteries next to your shopping bags, or set a reminder on your phone!

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