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UK's first recycling plant for household batteries opens

The UK's first household battery recycling plant has opened in the Midlands.

Owned by G&P Batteries, the site in West Bromwich will recycle 1,500 tonnes of waste alkaline and carbon zinc batteries annually.

This is only a small dent in the 30,000 tonnes of waste batteries generated by the UK each year, but a G&P Batteries spokesman said: "It's a start."

Less than 2% of the waste portable batteries in the UK are collected, and until now have been sent overseas for recycling and reprocessing.

Environment Minister Elliot Morley has lent his support to the plant, which was officially opened by local MP Bruce George.

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