Most supermarkets and shops that sell batteries now have to provide collection facilities for used batteries. Some town halls, libraries or schools may also set up collection points.
Several local authorities already collect batteries as part of their kerbside collection schemes or they provide bins at the local waste and recycling centres.
Examples of equipment containing household batteries that can be recycled include:
- Portable cameras
- Cordless power tools
- Electric toothbrushes
- Mobile phones
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From February 2010, distributors who supply 32 kg or more of portable batteries per year in an individual store, or by distance sales (Internet, mail order or telesales) will have certain obligations under the Batteries Regulations. This includes providing collection facilities for used batteries.
The VCA is responsible for ensuring that distributors of portable batteries comply with the regulations and that consumers can recycle their batteries in their local area.
If you are a retailer and unsure if you supply 32 kg of portable batteries a year, use the batteries on-line calculator to find out.
Further guidance for distributors can be found on the VCA website.
Battery Compliance Schemes
There are six battery compliance schemes (BCSs) registered in the UK. They are responsible for the collection, treatment and recycling of batteries on behalf of large producers (those placing more than one tonne of portable batteries on the UK market each year).
Further information and a list of approved battery compliance schemes in the England can be found on the Environment Agency website.