It takes far more energy to make a battery than you will ever get from using it. Try and use appliances that can be plugged into mains electricity, or failing that rechargeable batteries, which although more expensive to buy initially will last for up to 1,000 charges and therefore prove much cheaper in the long run.
From 1 February 2010 any retailer selling over 32kg of batteries must by law provide free battery recycling point, so most shops selling new batteries should have a box for you to deposit your used batteries in. If you cant see it, ask the shop where they keep it.
Small household batteries can also be collected as part of the Blue Bin Kerbside Collection Scheme. They should be placed in a clear plastic bag and then fastened to the bin handle on normal collection day.
Safety advice for residents – portable battery storage
Batteries do not present a risk to health and safety if handled correctly. However, residents should be aware that some batteries contain hazardous substances that can leak out and others can cause fires if broken apart, they come into contact with water or they are heated.
Therefore, the following common sense measures should be applied to limit the risk posed by the storage of waste batteries.
- Do not mix batteries with other materials.
- Do not store batteries with trailing wires which cause short circuits.
- Cover the terminals on lithium batteries with tape.
- Store in a cool, dry place away form combustible materials.
Dispose of your batteries for recycling regularly, do not store them for longer than necessary. Take them to one of the many shops with recycling boxes, tie them to your blue bin or take them to a household waste recycling centre.
You can take your batteries to any household waste recycling centre. Visit Derbyshire County Council's website for more information.
Car batteries will normally be kept by the garage or workshop that fits the new ones. However, if you do have a spent car battery it can be disposed of at a household waste recycling centre. See link above.