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Biggest UK battery collection trial ever

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.

WRAP manager for local authority relations Chris Davey said: “This is the biggest household battery recycling initiative ever run in the UK. We know that the average household uses about 21 batteries annually and that around 600 million UK household batteries are sent to landfill each year.

“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.

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