Published on February 18th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Recycle Your Batteries
Today is National Battery Day. In 1745, the inventor of the battery, Alessandro Volta was born. Could he have imagined over 270 years later how reliant we have become on his invention?
From torches to watches, smart phones to power tools, so many household and office items rely on batteries for power. Astonishingly, in the UK we use over 600 million batteries every year, that is 21 batteries per household. Of that vast number, 200 million of the batteries we use are AA Batteries.
Why You Should Recycle Batteries
Over recent years, heavy emphasis has been placed on the need to recycle old batteries. Since batteries contain important resources including lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and mercury, recycling enables these resources to be used again.
In addition, recycling batteries is also beneficial to the environment. If you just throw old batteries in your rubbish bin they will end up in land fill. In turn, the heavy metals contained in the battery may leak as it corrodes leading to soil and water pollution.
Where Can You Recycle Batteries?
Since February 2010 any shop selling over 32kg batteries a year must provide their customers with a battery recycling collection point. You have probably seen the red boxes in your local shop. If not, ask a shop assistant if one is available.
Various batteries can be recycled including:
- Button/coin batteries (the type you find in watches and other small electronic devices including hearing aids)
- AAA, AA, C and D batteries
- Mobile phone batteries
- Laptop batteries
- Power tool batteries
Varta Battery Range
Made in Germany, Varta’s powerful alkaline, high energy batteries are designed to last and benefit from a long shelf life. Even in storage they will last for 10 years. Their range includes; Lithium button batteries, Alkaline batteries and Rechargeable batteries.
For more information about how you can recycle your household or office batteries, visit the ERP UK Battery Recycling website here.