Recycling A to Z - Batteries (household)

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Batteries (household)

Can it be recycled or disposed of at the kerbside?

Yes - You can recycle this item on your bin lid (more information below)

Options for reuse, repair, recycling and disposal

We offer a kerbside collection for most household batteries. They can be recycled by placing them in a carrier bag on top of your blue, green or brown bin lid on collection day. Please do not tie the bag to your bin.

If you do not have a wheelie bin, please place batteries in a plastic bag next to your sacks.

Batteries need to be presented separately from small electrical items (if you are putting small electrical items and batteries out for collection on the same day, please use a separate bag).

If you use a bin store with shared bins, please recycle your batteries using collection points only. Many supermarkets offer battery collection points. Check with your local store to see what battery recycling facilities they have.

Batteries we collect at the kerbside:

  • 6V
  • 9V
  • AA
  • AAA
  • Button
  • C
  • D
  • Laptop, mobile phone and lithium batteries

Please ensure that all lithium and button cell batteries have their terminals taped over.

Batteries that can be recycled

Batteries that cannot be recycled at the kerbside

We are unable to accept batteries with trailing wires, car or other industrial batteries though the kerbside collection scheme. These types of batteries should be taken to Redbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Where does it end up?

Batteries are made from many different materials including lithium-ion (used in laptop batteries), zinc (used in AA batteries) and nickel cadmium (used in power tool batteries); all are recycled into their component parts.

The recovered materials can be used to manufacture new batteries and electronics; they can also be used in the steel industry and even in paint production.