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How do I recycle any used loose batteries or charger packs?

If you have any loose batteries or charger packs for recycling, visit the Recycle Now website to find the location of your local recycling centre.

Please don't return your used batteries to us by post.

Why you should recycle batteries

The UK throws away millions of batteries every year. When batteries are sent to landfill they eventually break down, releasing hazardous substances such as lead and mercury. This leads to soil and water pollution, and harms plants and wildlife.

Recycling batteries helps reduce pollution. Many of the materials can be recovered and reused, reducing the demand for raw materials and helping to preserve natural resources.

Batteries are labelled with the crossed-out wheelie bin symbol. This indicates that they should be recycled and shouldn't be disposed of as normal waste.

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Batteries containing hazardous substances such as mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd) or lead (Pb) are also marked with their chemical symbol.

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