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Battery collection scheme

Wyre Council in cooperation with Veolia is launching a new kerbside battery collection scheme.

Batteries can be put in the battery bags provided by the council for your first collection and then please use your own clear bags in future, for example a sandwich bag.

You can put your bagged batteries out for collection on your recycling day, either on top of or next to your green recycling box, but not in it. They will be collected by the recycling crews, and stored in a small pod at the side of their vehicle.

To help make the scheme more efficient, we ask that residents save batteries until they have at least 10 to present. However, bags with fewer than 10 batteries will still be collected.

Which types of batteries will be collected?

We can recycle D, C, AA, AAA, 9V, button, rechargeable, mobile, iPod and hearing aid batteries. We can also recycle laptop and power tool batteries but can't accept car or other industrial batteries.  If car or industrial batteries are left this will be classed as fly tipping.

Why recycle batteries?

  • There is a value in the material, as up to 60% of a battery can be successfully recycled.
  • Batteries contain hazardous materials which are best kept out of landfill sites for fear of polluting surrounding areas and watercourses.
  • EU directive regulations were introduced in 2009, which specify targets for recycling batteries, including 25% of batteries to be recycled by 2012, and 45% by 2016. 
  • Wyre Council isn’t obliged to collect batteries for recycling, as it is the responsibility of the producer. However, it is felt that it’s a service which will benefit the residents of Wyre, and is a low-cost service to implement.

Other ways to recycle batteries

Apart from the kerbside battery collection, you have two options:

  1. The Household Waste Recycling Centres provided by Lancashire County Council will accept them. 
  2. Retailers who sell more than 32kg of batteries each year are legally obliged to accept batteries for recycling in their outlets. There should be a collection container in store – ask a member of staff if you can’t find it. Please note that 32kg is approximately 345 packs of four AA batteries. 

Storing your batteries safely

  • Keep your batteries somewhere cool, dry and out of direct sunlight.
  • Never store damaged or leaking batteries. 
  • To reduce the risk of short circuiting, cover the contacts on lithium and button cell batteries with sticky tape and remove any trailing wires.

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