Domestic Battery Recycling

Batteries should not be disposed of in general household waste, but separately collected to ensure the correct treatment and recycling of the substances they contain. Battery recycling ensures the recovery of these materials and prevents any potentially harmful effects on both the environment and human health.

Everyone can contribute to this initiative by actively participating in the collection and recycling of used batteries.

Halfords is a member of the Valpak UK Batteries Compliance Scheme and make a financial contribution to cover the costs of recycling these domestic batteries.

Halfords is registered as a producer of batteries in the UK. Our producer registration number is BPRN00698.

How Halfords can help you with recycling batteries

Domestic battery collection and recycling bins are provided in all of our stores. This is in addition to our well established collection and recycling of lead acid car batteries.

Batteries are identified with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol. Underneath this symbol there will be a chemical symbol, if the battery contains more than 0.0005% mercury (Hg) or more than 0.002% cadmium (Cd) or 0.004% lead (Pb).

Individual button cells are not marked. However a 1cm x 1cm crossed out wheeled bin and the appropriate chemical symbol can be found on the back of the packaging.

Any customer may deposit waste domestic or car batteries for recycling at any Halfords store. This service is entirely free of charge to you and may be used whether or not any purchase is made.

Did you know?

  • 600 million household batteries are thrown away each year equating to 22,000 tons.
  • Currently only 3% of the UK batteries are recycled with the rest ending up as general waste.
  • Batteries contain hazardous chemicals including acids and heavy metals such as lead and mercury.
  • When sent to landfill, they can break down and leak causing harm to the environment and wildlife.

Types of batteries

  • Lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries: mobile phones, laptops, hand held electronics
  • Alkaline and carbon zinc batteries: cameras, toys, watches, hand held electronics
  • Lead acid gel batteries: wheelchairs, portable tools, ride on electric toys
  • Lithium (primary) batteries: pacemakers, remote car locks, cameras

Benefits of recycling

  • Helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill each year.
  • Helps to reduce the demand for raw metals required each year and preserve resources.
  • Helps to increase the UK's overall collection of household batteries.
  • Helps to reduce the possible risks to the environment and wildlife.

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WEEE Recycling at Halfords

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK's fasting growing type of waste. The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items.

How can I recycle my old electricals?

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It's easy! You can recycle your electrical and electronic devices for free at your local recycling centre. To find your nearest centre, visit the Recycle More website and type in your postcode.

Why should I recycle?

Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you don't recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill, where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination - harming wildlife as well as human health.

We're proud to support local authorities in providing local recycling facilities for electrical equipment.

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To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with the crossed-out wheelie bin symbol. Please do not throw away any electrical equipment (including those marked with this symbol) in the bin.

How are we helping?

In the UK, distributors including retailers must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. As a responsible retailer, Halfords have met the requirements placed on us by financially supporting the national network of WEEE recycling centres established by local authorities. This is achieved through membership of the national Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS).

To find more information on WEEE recycling, and to locate your nearest recycling centre, please visit the Recycle More website.

Halfords is registered as a producer of WEEE in the UK. Our producer registration number is WEEE/FG0133ZR.

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