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With the average household producing around 1 tonne of rubbish every year. It has never been more important for us each to do our bit for the environment and recycle what we can. In our last blog we spoke about mattress recycling, and this week we are talking about what to do with old batteries.
Batteries come in all shapes and sizes, and each different type of battery has uses that they can be made into once they have been recycled. Some of the different varieties and their uses include:
Battery Recycling is easier than many people may think. There are many battery recycling points throughout the UK, the main places include supermarkets and libraries. Go to http://find.erp-batteries.co.uk/ to find out where your closest battery recycling points are.
Sorting batteries before recycling helps the recycling process. This is because batteries are made from many different components such as lithium-ion, zinc or nickel cadmium. Sorting batteries into their different chemistry types means more of the original material can be recovered to make new products. There are different ways of recycling batteries but the aim is always the same – recovering as much of the raw material used to make the battery as possible so that it can be used again to make something new.