When it comes to recycling, plastic bottles, paper and cans are a no brainer, but do batteries come to mind? For many of us batteries are more commonly stashed at the back of cupboards and drawers rather than on our to-do list for recycling. A whopping 178 million used batteries are estimated to be stashed across UK homes!

Household batteries contain heavy metals including lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium which can be reused when collected in the right way. However millions of batteries should be available in most supermarkets, schools and offices, yet only 45% of batteries are recycled.

Recycle your batteries

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

FIND YOUR NEAREST COLLECTION POINT

3) Drop off

#BringBackHeavyMetal by dropping your old batteries in a collection point. 

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.

Find out more at www.bringbackheavymetal.co.uk 

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