All battery types can be recycled including both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, small button cells and battery packs from electronic and electrical equipment. Premier also accept and recycle car batteries at our household waste recycling sites.
You can see a list of all Premier household waste recycling sites here.
To make it easier to collect batteries in your house we are offering free collection bags to anyone coming to our recycling sites. Householders can use the bags to keep the used batteries in one place. It makes it easier to remember them on the next visit to the recycling site.
Dead batteries are full of chemicals that can be used again. The batteries are taken to a re-processing facility in the UK where they are crushed and the chemicals used in their manufacture are extracted. The metal skin of the battery is also recovered.
In fact the EU recently highlighted a list of critical chemicals that are used in battery manufacture: antimony, indium, beryllium, magnesium, cobalt, niobium, fluorspar, platinum group, gallium, rare earths, germanium, tantalum, graphite and tungsten as being at a high supply risk, in other words access to these chemicals could be a problem in the future.
The bad news is that Britain is bottom of the league when it comes to battery recycling. The European Battery Recyclers Association (EBRA) has Switzerland as top battery collector at 65 per cent, followed by Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and France. The UK comes in 15th place at 3 per cent, alongside Turkey, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Waste and Resources Action. Programme (WRAP) found the average UK household sends 21 portable batteries a year to landfill - a total of 600 million units. A quarter of those interviewed did not believe disposal of batteries in the normal rubbish would harm the environment.