Battery Disposal

Business Waste Collection BinsHow can we help with battery waste collections and disposal?

Buisness Waste are on hand to help you safely and securely dispose of your batteries, per all government legislations. We work with business of all sizes and can develop a collection plan that matches your needs, providing appropriately sized battery recycling bins and ensuring that we keep the number of batteries stored on your premises to a minimum.

We’re also on hand to help with any questions, queries or suggestions when it comes to your battery disposal service, or if you’d like to learn more about how we deal with used batteries.

Battery recycling

We use batteries each and every day, and often without realising. They feature in our phones, laptops and even our cars. In fact, in the UK alone, around 150,000 tonnes of batteries are sold and used each year. However, many people are not aware of the complexities that are attached to battery usage, or the harmful effects they can have on the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.

What are the different types of batteries?

Batteries can be broken into three sections: automotive, industrial and portable.

Automotive batteries

Automotive batteries are used in cars or vans. They are used either to start the engine or to power the lights.

Industrial batteries

Industrial batteries are designed specifically for industrial use, such as those used to power forklift trucks or warehouse machinery. Nowadays, they are also used to power electric or hybrid vehicles.

Portable batteries

Portable batteries are sealed batteries, that can easily be carried around. These are the batteries that are often found in your mobile phone or laptop.

Furthermore, the batteries can be split into two subsections, rechargeable and non-chargeable. Wherever possible, you should attempt to use rechargeable batteries in the workplace.

Can you recycle old batteries?

When it comes to business waste, some items are more important than others. Of course, it’s extremely important to recycle as much paper, cardboard and plastic as possible, but there is one area of commercial waste that can cause extreme damage to the environment, and even pose a danger to both wildlife and people.

Batteries are a common form of business waste, from dry cell batteries that power torches, radios and TV controllers, to powerful lithium-ion cells used in laptops, mobile phones, and even cars. With close to 150,000 tonnes of batteries entering the market in the UK each year, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of batteries that end up either in the bin, or infinitely better, in a battery recycling box.

Electronic devices are more important and more prevalent than ever in the workplace, but of course, reliance on these devices means a steady flow of used batteries or batteries that need replacing more often thanks to high usage. Although it can be tempting to just dispose of batteries in general waste, the components found inside most types of batteries are actually major pollutants, with elements like Mercury and Cadmium likely to cause damage if leaked into the food chain. Luckily, there is a simple and cost-effective solution for businesses that want to quickly and easily dispose of their waste batteries.

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Can improper battery disposal harm the environment?

Although it may be tempting to throw away batteries with general waste, you need to be aware of the implications this has on the planet, particularly if you work in an industry with high-turnaround, meaning you use (and dispose of) batteries frequently.

Batteries, if not properly recycled, pose a significant threat to the environment. To begin with, throwing away batteries adds further stain on our landfill sites, which are already overcrowded and a key contributor to global warming. However, if pierced or crushed, batteries also pose a fire hazard.

Furthermore, as the batteries begin to corrode, the pollutants inside them will start to leak. This means that a variety of chemicals, such as mercury and cadmium, will soak into the surrounding soil. Eventually, this will affect surface water too, meaning they contribute to water pollution. Water pollution poses a significant threat to the planet. It can cause the premature death of marline life, contaminate water supplies and disrupt the food chain.

How to dispose of old batteries?

Business Waste provides an exceptional battery collection and recycling service for businesses of all sizes, taking away all types of old batteries and recycling them or disposing of them in the correct way. To make things easy, Business Waste will provide your business with a battery collection box free of charge, which can be used to store used batteries safely out of the way until collection day. We’ll even give you a few boxes if you’re a particularly heavy user!

What is the process of recycling a battery?

Sorting.As a company, you should ensure that your batteries are stored separately from the rest of your waste. This helps avoid cross-contamination. However, you should also store different kinds of batteries separately from each other, as they are not recycled in the same way. If you chose to work with Business waste, we will provide you with clearly-labelled battery collection boxes, that make this process easy. Additionally, you may find that your local recycling plant has a specific section dedicated to disposing of batteries for personal use.


Once your batteries have been properly sorted, you can arrange for them to be collected. Collection services can be arranged as frequently as you require, dependant upon your needs. Once collected, you can take a step back and know that we will do everything in our power to dispose of them safely.


After collection, batteries are taken to a recycling plant where they are given a new lease for life. Here are some great examples of different types of batteries and how they are repurposed/recycled.

How do you recycle Lead Acid batteries?

Lead Acid Batteries are often used in cars. In order to be recycled, the battery is broken down, before being neutralised in acid. Once neutralised, both lead and polypropylene can be recovered. These materials can be used to make new lead-acid batteries or to create battery casing.

How do you recycle Lithium-ion batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries are a rechargeable battery, that is often found in your mobile phone or laptop. The process of recycling them is a little more complicated. First, the batteries are deactivated and disassembled. They are then put through what is known as the ‘mechanical’ process, where the battery is crushed and sorted to allow for electrolyte recovery. Following this, the different metals and minerals used in the battery are extracted ready for reuse or disposal. These materials can be used in the manufacturing of new electronics.

By recycling batteries, you are making clear your commitment to sustainability. As a result, your company will be instantly more attractive to potential customers. As the materials can be reused, you have decreased the demand for new materials to be sourced or mined- a process which causes a great deal of pollution.

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How are batteries legally disposed of?

As well as taking your used batteries away, Business Waste comply fully with government legislation that governs the correct disposal and handling of the dangerous elements commonly found within batteries. This means you’ll be getting rid of old and dangerous batteries properly, safe in the knowledge that they are going to be recycled at our facilities and stored safely, within the strict parameters that prevent them from damaging the environment.

What legislation and laws govern battery recycling and disposal?

There are numerous government legislations that companies must be met when it comes to disposing of potentially dangerous elements, such as those found in batteries. These legislations are in place to protect your own safety and the environment.

The most prominent laws associated with battery disposal are the Batteries and Accumulators Regulations, 2008 and the Waste Batteries and Accumulations, 2009. According to GOV.UK, to follow these legislations, you must:

    • – Ensure that any batteries used or produce are disposed of safely.
    • – If producing a product that uses batteries, the user must be able to remove the battery easily.
    • – The batteries used must contain less than the maximum prescribed levels of prohibited elements (mercury, cadmium and lead).
    – Batteries must display the ‘crossed-out wheeled bin’ diagram, alongside any relevant chemical symbols.

What are the waste codes for batteries?

In accordance with UK law, you must classify your waste before it is collected and taken to a recycling facility. Therefore, different waste items have different waste classification codes – which provides information on how hazardous the material is, or the elements that it contains. Here are some examples of battery waste codes.

Lead Batteries

    • Waste Code: 16 06 01
    • Classification: Hazardous

Mercury-based batteries
Waste code: 16 06 03
Classification: Hazardous

Alkaline batteries
Waste code: 16 06 04
Classification: Non-hazardous

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Battery recycle bin

How do you get battery recycling bin?

Receiving your free storage box is quick and simple, and one of our team members will arrange for used battery collections that both suit your requirements and ensure that a minimum number of used batteries are stored at your premises at any one time. We’re also on hand to help with any questions, queries or suggestions when it comes to your battery disposal service, or if you’d like to learn more about how we deal with used batteries.

Battery recycling doesn’t need to be difficult, and a free box can be offered alongside our other waste management services, including general waste management, excess cardboard removal, office waste collections, and sensitive document recycling. With coverage of the entire UK and a free quote for our services within an hour, you can enjoy a service that takes away the hassle of waste management and ensures that your battery waste doesn’t end up as just another pollutant lying in a landfill site.

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