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Kerbside Battery Collection

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Bedford Borough Council provides a kerbside collection of used household batteries to all houses in the Borough as part of our ongoing efforts to increase recycling rates.

Residents are still able to use the battery collection facilities located in the Borough Hall reception area, Bedford’s Household Waste Recycling Centre at Barkers Lane and in all major electrical retailers and supermarkets.
 

kerbside battery collectionHow to use the scheme:

1.  Put your used batteries in a clear plastic sandwich bag and tie/seal it once it’s full.

2.  Place the sealed bag on top of your black refuse bin or black sacks on your normal day of collection.

 

 

Top Tip: Try to use rechargable batteries wherever possible, they are better for the environment and could save you money. They can also be recycled in the kerbside collection.

 

Which type of batteries can be recycled?

The following types of batteries can be placed in a sandwich sized bag and placed out for collection:

Batteries which can be recycled

 

  • 6V 
  • D
  • C
  • AA
  • AAA
  • 9V
  • Button

 

Please note that we cannot accept car or other industrial batteries through this scheme.


Why recycle batteries?

  • Batteries are produced from valuable and increasingly scarce raw materials.
  • Up to 60% of a battery can be successfully recycled.
  • They contain various hazardous chemicals and metals which can be damaging to the environment
  • Legislation introduced in 2009 states that the costs of collecting, treating and recycling batteries should be met by the producers. The UK now has a legal obligation to increase its battery recycling rate to 45% by 2016. The UK currently has one of the lowest battery recycling rates in Europe.

Battery facts:Battery recycling

  • Around 600 million UK household batteries (22,000 tonnes) – the equivalent weight of 22 Jumbo Jets - are sent to landfill each year.
  • The average household uses 21 batteries a year, all of which could be recycled.
  • You can tell your batteries are running low or used up by testing them in a torch or clock, or by using a battery tester.
  • Rechargeable batteries are much more cost effective and better for the environment

 


For more information about the kerbside battery recycling scheme please contact us via email at recycling@bedford.gov.uk or call Customer Services on 01234 718060.

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