Battery Recycling

You can recycle most household batteries at the kerbside by putting them in a clear bag on the lid of your blue, green or brown bin on your collection day. Please do not tie these to your bin. These need to be presented separately from small electrical items (if you are putting batteries and small electrical items 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 a collection point only - visit our Recycling Bring Banks page for a list of locations.

Batteries will be collected by the collection crew and placed in a container on the side of the dust carts. They are brought back to our depot at Marsh Road and then collected for recycling by G&P Batteries, who are based in Darlaston.

Batteries that can be recycled at the kerbside

The following types of batteries can be recycled by leaving in a clear bag on top of your bin lid:

  • 6V
  • D
  • C
  • AA
  • AAA
  • 9V
  • Button 
  • Laptop, mobile phone and lithium batteries 
Batteries that can be recycled

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

Batteries that can't be recycled at the kerbside

We are unable to accept batteries with trailing wires, car or other industrial batteries though the kerbside collection scheme.

Car batteries should be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre such as Redbridge.

How batteries are recycled

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.