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The purpose of this website is to provide clients with useful information about Recycling and WEE Requirements. Electrical Waste disposal in London, and how to use services to help prevent environmental issues in recycling.  While our clients may be unaware of all the technical aspects of correct waste disposal, they can rest assured as UK responsible Licensed waste rubbish collectors and recyclers we will take all the necessary steps in waste management to protect the environment.

WEEE Electrical Waste Recycling Batteries

WEEE covers Batteries Recycling:

Recycling batteries

In the UK, only about three to five per cent of all household batteries are recycled.  Many old batteries end up in landfill, where they can leak harmful chemicals into the soil. You can help tackle this problem by recycling your batteries.

Examples of household batteries you can recycle
Many of the items you regularly use at home will be run on batteries.  Batteries from all of the following items, and other categories, can be recycled:
Battery Recycling
  • mobile phones
  • laptops
  • hearing aids
  • watches
  • portable cameras
  • cordless power tools
  • torches
  • electric toothbrushes
  • razors
  • hand-held vacuum cleaners

  • Why recycle household batteries?

    Some household batteries contain chemicals like lead, mercury or cadmium.  If batteries are thrown into your normal rubbish bin, they are likely to end up in landfill. Once buried, the batteries start to break down and can leak some of these chemicals into the ground. This can cause soil and water pollution, which may be a health risk for humans. Recycling stops batteries going to landfill and helps recover thousands of tonnes of metals, including valuable metals like nickel, cobalt and silver. This reduces the need to mine new materials, cutting CO2 emissions and saving resources.


    Mainly because batteries are classed as hazardous waste as they contain poisonous compounds:

    What happens to the used batteries? Recycled batteries are first sorted into different types – for example lithium, alkaline, lead cell, mercury button – as each type is recycled differently. Lead acid batteries (used for car batteries) and mercury button cell batteries (flat, round, silver batteries found in watches) are fully recycled in the UK. Lithium and alkaline batteries (AA, AAA and 9v batteries) are part-recycled in the UK. They are then sent to plants abroad for the rest of the process. Other types of battery are sent abroad, as the UK does not currently have plants that can recycle these.

    How to recycle car batteriesBattery Rubbish

    Car batteries are treated as hazardous waste.  They must not be thrown away with your household waste.  They can be recycled at garages, scrap metal facilities and many local waste and recycling centres.

    Bassett Waste can collect your waste batteries when we make a collection to take your other rubbish for recycling saving you the trouble of having to deal with these items yourself.  We can also collect large quantities of lead acid batteries if required.

    Disposing of electrical and electronic equipment requirements

    Remember that most of the items that use portable batteries can also be recycled.  You can recycle these and other old electronic and electrical equipment like TVs, fridges and computers, using our services.

    Use fewer batteries

    Every year, 25-30,000 tonnes of portable batteries are thrown away.  You can help save raw materials and energy by using fewer batteries and recycling them when they are spent.  It's important to recycle batteries as they can contain valuable metals.  Some also contain harmful chemicals like lead and mercury which can leak into the ground. To reduce your battery use you could try:

  • plugging gadgets into the mains while using them
  • using rechargeable batteries when you can, so fewer batteries are thrown away
  • recycling used batteries where possible - use the link below to find out where there is a recycling point close to you
  • buying wind-up or solar gadgets like radios and torches, so you can do without batteries altogether

  • WEEE Directive

    The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced into UK law in January 2007 by the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006.

    The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.

    The WEEE Directive also aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.

    WEEE Directive


    Zero waste. Better batteries. Less money. That’s what earthCell has a plan for, and with a little help from you, perhaps even the cash to make it a reality.

    Currently, enough dead batteries enter the nation’s landfills each year to circle the Earth four times laid end to end. The solution, of course, is a little something called recycling, but current battery technology (not to mention a lack of collection sites) makes doing right in this arena harder than it should be in most parts of the country.

    Enter the earthCell, a low self-discharge nickel metal hydride (LSD NiMH) battery said to last the pants off your average alkaline battery (leaving the Energizer bunny in the dust).

    Battery Rubbish When your earthCell batteries reach the end of their natural lives, simply drop them in the prepaid earthCell mailer. When that mailer is full, you can drop it in the mail back to earthCell, which will revitalize those batteries via their specialized tech. When they have been revitalized and reused hundreds of times, and finally given up the ghost – or if it’s been damaged somehow, or doesn’t meet spec — the company dismantles it and reuses the valuable materials inside to make shiny new batteries to further power your gadgets and gizmos.

    If all of this sounds good to you, you’re not alone, as the earthCell project, as of when this story was published, had already met its $17,000 pledge goal with two full weeks still left.


    Rethinking Inside The Box Brings ‘Super Battery’ Breakthrough Illinois researchers learn that with great power comes great responsitivity – in 3D

    On April 19, 2013 by Tom Jowitt 2 Read the full Article

    Researchers are claiming a breakthrough which promises to increase substantially the power of batteries, or at least dramatically reduce their physical size. Scientists at the University of Illinois revealed the breakthrough in the journal Nature Communications.

    They claim to have developed a new lithium-ion battery microarchitecture, which can concurrently optimise ion and electron transport for high-power delivery.

    Power of 3D

    This new micro-architecture theoretically could allow the manufacturer to build a battery of a similar size to the current generation of lithium ion batteries found in today’s smartphones, but with thirty times the power. This architecture could be tweaked to allow for much smaller batteries to be designed and built to power a range of more-compact tech gadgets. Researchers claim their technology could reduce the size of batteries ten-fold while offering the same power.

    The team in Illinois have used “3D-electrodes” which allow these new super batteries to be recharged 1,000 times faster than the current generation of batteries.

    When a device such a smartphone or tablet is connected to a battery, an electrochemical reaction occurs to produce energy. The battery itself has three parts, an anode, cathode and the electrolyte in which they are immersed. The team has reduced the size of the anode and cathode and their three-dimensional designs offer a greater surface are in contact with the electrolyte.