Borough extends kerbside battery recycling
After a successful trial to 13,000 residents, Bedford Borough
Council has now finished rolling out the kerbside collection of
used household batteries to all of the remaining households in the
Borough as part of ongoing efforts to increase recycling rates.
In recent weeks residents across the Borough have received
plastic battery bags in which they can recycle their used household
batteries. Residents can simply fill their battery bag with used
batteries, seal it and leave it on top of the black refuse bin or
sacks on the normal day of collection. Battery bags will then be
collected and replaced by the collection crews.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “I am delighted we
are able to roll out the kerbside battery collection to all homes
in Bedford Borough.
“Up to 60% of a battery can be recycled, whereas if they are
left to degrade in landfills, batteries can release hazardous
materials which damage our local environment.
“We are committed to continuing to increase the amount of
rubbish being recycled across Bedford Borough and the best way to
make that happen is to work with local residents. By providing
these bags completely free of charge and incorporating the
collections in the normal collection days, we are making it easy
for local residents to recycle more.”
Government legislation, introduced in 2009, means the UK is
legally required to increase its battery recycling rate to 25% by
2012 and 45% by 2016. The current rate is approximately 3%. The
legislation also requires battery producers to cover the costs of
recycling used batteries, so the cost to the Council of introducing
this scheme is minimal.
For more information about the kerbside battery recycling scheme
please contact the Council on 01234 267422 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bedford Borough residents living in blocks of flats can use the
battery collection facilities in the Town Hall and Borough Hall
reception areas, Bedford’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre and
all large electrical stores and supermarkets.