Category Archives: Battery Recycling


Regulator Approves UK’s First Recycling Plant for Household Batteries

Posted on 19th January, 2021

Specialist waste management firm, WasteCare, has opened the UK’s first full-scale household battery recycling facility following approval from the Environment Agency (EA).  The £2 million state-of-the-art facility in Elland, West Yorkshire has processing capacity for 25,000 tonnes of household batteries meaning it can recycle all UK’s spent alkaline batteries and avoid them being shipped to…

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Lincolnshire in warning over fires from batteries

Posted on 3rd January, 2020

Concerns about fires caused by the public not removing batteries from toys and other household items have already been raised this year. Early in January Lincolnshire County Council issued a warning over batteries following three small fires at its household waste recycling centres in rubbish deposited by members of the public after Christmas. The fires…

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Global concerns adding to the UK’s environment agenda

Posted on 28th August, 2019

With the environment sitting higher on the political agenda globally than for many years, the UK Government will start September with a busy in-tray at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Public interest in the environment remains very high according to a number of surveys, with young and old voicing concern about fires…

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Posted on 12th August, 2019

World Elephant Day is an international annual event on August 12, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants and is now supported by over 65 wildlife organisations and many individuals in countries across the globe.   Not wishing to stomp on their parade, WasteCare want to take this opportunity to remind us…

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Reporting portable batteries that have been exported from the UK

Posted on 29th November, 2018

The Batteries Regulations 2009 have been amended to allow producers to deduct portable batteries that are exported outside of the UK. The change will take effect as of the forthcoming compliance year of 2019. Producers of portable batteries who are currently registered with BatteryBack now have an opportunity to revise their placed on market data…

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The Big Battery Hunt

Posted on 4th July, 2018

Congratulations to all 5 winners and a thank you to the 2,393 schools and all 554,858 pupils who participated in making the 2018 Big Battery Hunt a great success. Next year, Duracell, in partnership with BatteryBack, are looking to expand the scheme to over one million children in 2019. If you missed out this time,…

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WasteCare wins MRW WEEE Innovation Award

Posted on 4th July, 2018

We are delighted to be this years’ recipients of the WEEE Innovation Award at last Thursday’s prestigious MRW Recycling Awards event at the Park Lane, Hilton. It has been WasteCare’s aim since the introduction of the Waste Battery Regulations in 2010 to build a portable battery treatment facility in the UK. Demand for such a…

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Battery recycling survey leads to Radio stardom!

Posted on 11th January, 2018

During December 2017, BatteryBack carried out its annual battery recycling survey for the second year to understand the battery recycling awareness and habits of UK households. This highlighted that there was a small increase in those recycling batteries compared to last year but worryingly, a third of those questions still admitted to throwing batteries in…

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Big Battery Hunt

Posted on 9th January, 2018

Following the success of last year’s trial, BatteryBack and Duracell are now working on The Big Battery Hunt for 2018. This will involve over half a million primary school pupils collecting used batteries using a purpose designed box, with those collecting the most winning prizes such as Duracell bunnies. Schools are being recruited now and…

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Open for Business!

Posted on 7th November, 2017

The newly developed battery recycling plant, at WasteCare’s Halifax treatment facility, commenced production this week. The plant is the first of its kind in the UK and enables all alkaline batteries to be recovered down to their component parts. More than 90% of all portable batteries collected for recycling are based on zinc and manganese…

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