Call for better recycling of hazardous batteries

A new campaign to increase the recycling of dangerous, yet potentially precious batteries has been launched across the UK.

Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 1:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 3:13 pm

It’s estimated that there are 178 million batteries hoarded in homes across the UK, with millions more ending up in landfill - despite recycling points now being provided by many major retailers.

However, a new partnership between environmental charity Hubbub and compliance scheme Ecosurety is hoping to increase battery recycling.

The #bringbackheavymetal campaign - a reference to elements such as lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium which are contained in modern power cells - is aimed at the 52 per cent of people surveyed who admitted to disposing of batteries in a regular waste bin.

The tenuous and possibly confusing campaign plays on the metal connection with fun facts about the levels of batteries going to landfill - equivalent in weight to 55,794 Ozzy Osbournes - while making the point two in five people questioned said that recycling points should be more visible.