Recycling batteries whilst recycling points are closed
Coronavirus is impacting many aspects of our day to day lives and that includes battery recycling collection points.
The main priority at this time remains public health, meaning some waste and recycling services have been temporarily disrupted, including the closure of battery recycling points in supermarkets and Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) across Scotland. However, these are temporary disruptions and they don’t stop you from doing your bit to help us during these challenging times.
Small household batteries such as AA and AAA batteries can be stored easily at home until recycling collection points reopen. All you need to do is put them in a plastic container like an ice cream or margarine tub and keep them in a cool, dry place at normal room temperature.
For lithium-ion batteries - the type of battery found in laptops, tablets and other gadgets – make sure the device is switched off and, if possible, remove the battery. Store in a cool, dry place at normal room temperature until HWRC and Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment recycling locations reopen.
Storing batteries in your home until collections reopen would really help and won’t take up too much space.
Please don’t put batteries in your bin. Batteries contain valuable materials so just binning them when they run out wastes resources and damages the environment as they are likely to end up in landfill where they will decay, release toxic metals and increase the risk of water pollution.
Batteries are small and easy to store without too much fuss. But there are simple rules to follow to protect yourself and your battery-using equipment.
- Don’t store batteries inside equipment for long periods
- Once batteries are depleted remove them from equipment as soon as possible
- Avoid storing batteries in metal containers
- Keep new and used batteries apart
You can find tips on storing different types of recycling materials here.
If you have any questions, hopefully we’ll have the answers on our FAQs page. We’ve got more useful tips and guidance below to help you manage your waste. And thank you for doing your bit in a really difficult time.