The UK’s biggest household battery collection trial ever is to begin in March with the help of local authorities and not-for-profit organisations.
After the UK finished bottom of a recent European battery recycling league, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has initiated the venture to target 350,000 households from around the country.
A mixture of high-rise, urban and rural areas in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive an information leaflet and dedicated containers giving details of the scheme that will run alongside their normal recycling collection.
“By making battery recycling simple and easy we hope to encourage people to recycle all their old household batteries rather than throwing them away.”
Various types of battery such as AAA and AA cells, sizes C and D, button, mobile phone and laptop batteries will be collected and processed by G&P Batteries, the UK’s largest waste battery collection and recycling company.
The trial is likely to be extended in the future to include other methods of collecting used household batteries such as drop-off points at supermarkets.