Battery recycling is compulsory

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Found 1st Feb 2010
In case you were unaware, a new law has come inplace as of today (1st Feb) regarding recycling house-hold batteries ie: AA, AAA, C, D cells, button etc
All retailers such as supermarkets ie; Tesco, Asda, high street retailers ie: Dixons, Wilkinsons who sells batteries should have a battery recycling box inside the store.

If by any chance, you should throw away you batteries in with your house-hold waste as of now, you could be fined by your council

Just thought i would mention it as not much advertised.

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haven't heard of this before? If true thanks for the info

EDIT: Just seen on the BBC that this is the case. I am really surprised that this wasn't better publicized. Thanks OP

I didnt know this and I recycle as much as I can

cheers!

what they gona do go trough every ones bins in case theres a battery in there, DONT THINK SO

that hasn't been very well publicised, thanks :thumbsup:

Original Poster

wickedteen;7723485

what they gona do go trough every ones bins in case theres a battery in … what they gona do go trough every ones bins in case theres a battery in there, DONT THINK SO



i wouldnt think they would look though everyone bins, but of the off-chance they do, they do have the right now to fine you.
France and Germany has been recycling batteries for years - why we are so slow is beyond me

Umm it doesn't look like youre right.

"New rules mean that from today, any retailer who sells over 32kg of batteries per year (about 1 pack of 4 AAs a day) is required to provide a free recycling point for consumers to return their used / flat batteries. In practice, this means that most retailers who sell batteries will now have a collection point; making it easier for everyone to recycle," the body says, adding that the average household uses some 21 batteries a year.

Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies added, ""This new legislation will make it easier for consumers to do the right thing whilst ensuring retailers fulfil their part of the bargain. Old batteries can cause harm to the environment when they are not recycled. The new approach to disposal of batteries will help to reduce the number of batteries that now end up in landfill."

So people dont have to recycle but retailers have to provide facilities..

Anything to do with WEE regs or is that just manufacturers?

a whole bin full of batteries shorting against each other, [COLOR="Red"]FIRE[/COLOR] :w00t:

richp;7723581

a whole bin full of batteries shorting against each other, … a whole bin full of batteries shorting against each other, [COLOR="Red"]FIRE[/COLOR] :w00t:


Yeah but hopefully they're all duds or nearly duds...won't even fire up a wee torch light! :?
I did notice a new box at the local Tesco's checkout...not very obvious that it was used battery recycling...but it is...so all my oldies i've accumulated recently are off there tomorrow! Well spotted OP! :thumbsup:

SuperEd

seems a bit flat...

Angof;7723547

Umm it doesn't look like youre right."New rules mean that from today, any … Umm it doesn't look like youre right."New rules mean that from today, any retailer who sells over 32kg of batteries per year (about 1 pack of 4 AAs a day) is required to provide a free recycling point for consumers to return their used / flat batteries. In practice, this means that most retailers who sell batteries will now have a collection point; making it easier for everyone to recycle," the body says, adding that the average household uses some 21 batteries a year.Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies added, ""This new legislation will make it easier for consumers to do the right thing whilst ensuring retailers fulfil their part of the bargain. Old batteries can cause harm to the environment when they are not recycled. The new approach to disposal of batteries will help to reduce the number of batteries that now end up in landfill."So people dont have to recycle but retailers have to provide facilities..



Hi, I work for a local council. I can confirm that from April, all residents or businesses must recycle all batteries and electronic items. If you throw anything items in your wheelie bin which can be recycled through the WEEEE system - you could be taken to court or fined. For more info, please contact your local council or recycle websites.

Thanks for this, was on BBC news this morning.
Let's not fill our land fill sites with these, I expect most people aren't aware of how much harm it does to just throw these out with our general household waste.
I will definitely be recycling mine from now on.

Not sure if this is a positive or negative idea :?

SuperEd

transit;7723932

Not sure if this is a positive or negative idea :?



:thumbsup:

Banned

Only rechargeable in this house :-D

Banned

jellybaby22;7724335

Im bad.. I dont recycle anything......But cmon...batteries.... they are … Im bad.. I dont recycle anything......But cmon...batteries.... they are going to look through your bin to find batteries.... our useless lot have a hard enough job emptying them



it's not that hard to just put some effort in and recycle

Banned

bykergrove;7724353

it's not that hard to just put some effort in and recycle



I don't find it an effort.

We have a bin in the kitchen that is split into 3 areas.

1 area paper, 1 area compost bin and 1 area general rubbish.

Plastic, glass and big items are put at the back door and disposed of when my fella goes into the garden for a fag.

Banned

DLM;7724378

I don't find it an effort.We have a bin in the kitchen that is split into … I don't find it an effort.We have a bin in the kitchen that is split into 3 areas.1 area paper, 1 area compost bin and 1 area general rubbish.Plastic, glass and big items are put at the back door and disposed of when my fella goes into the garden for a fag.



I am on the cusp of liking you

Banned

bykergrove;7724399

I am on the cusp of liking you



Aw, thanks.

Our council collects these in with our fortnightly red box recycling - paper, cans, glass & batteries...

'Red box
Please use your red recycling box to recycle your cans, paper, batteries, glass bottles and jars only. Please separate your recyclables in the box so that we can sort them safely.'

Banned

Laffy42;7725458

Our council collects these in with our fortnightly red box recycling - … Our council collects these in with our fortnightly red box recycling - paper, cans, glass & batteries...'Red boxPlease use your red recycling box to recycle your cans, paper, batteries, glass bottles and jars only. Please separate your recyclables in the box so that we can sort them safely.'


yep, our recycle box gets all our batteries. Surely people dont put them in their general waste bins? :?

csiman;7725499

yep, our recycle box gets all our batteries. Surely people dont put them … yep, our recycle box gets all our batteries. Surely people dont put them in their general waste bins? :?



Your lucky to have such a generous council we are still on bin bags in our area.

Banned

newbie1001;7725512

Your lucky to have such a generous council we are still on bin bags in … Your lucky to have such a generous council we are still on bin bags in our area.


you wouldnt say that if you paid my council tax :-D

West Sussex county council (like most of the South East) have been royally ripped off since 1997 with the government levies. My council tax has gone up 150% in that time! Now pay £192 per month :w00t:

I noticed in our local Morrisons (Redditch) months ago there was a cardboard battery recycle box in the entrance. So I started keeping all my household batteries (the non-rechargeable) ready to take in. When I did the box had gone. the first member of staff I asked said he'd never heard of it and didn't bother to ask anyone else. I found a superviser who said when they came to empty it they were supposed to leave an empty one, but hadn't.
However noticed last week its back (an improved version) but moved to the doorway as you leave. They don't advertise its there at all.

newbie1001;7725512

Your lucky to have such a generous council we are still on bin bags in … Your lucky to have such a generous council we are still on bin bags in our area.



Don't they do any recycling in your area? Even just paper / glass / tins? I thought all councils pretty much were doing this now?

There was no advertising really about adding batteries to ours, it just popped up on the standard leaflet as part of the normal recycling bumpf.

Banned

cheers OP

ill need to dig out all my old batteries n rush to asda

saving the earth - every little helps

SuperEd

hncb0809;7732461

cheers OPill need to dig out all my old batteries n rush to asdasaving … cheers OPill need to dig out all my old batteries n rush to asdasaving the earth - every little helps



thats tesco lol :thumbsup::-D

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goonertillidie;7734089

thats tesco lol :thumbsup::-D



ya i kno
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