Batteries contain a number of hazardous chemicals, including cadmium, mercury and lead. It is important that batteries are collected and treated properly so that these chemicals do not leak into the natural environment, where they will pose a health risk to humans and wildlife.
Many batteries can be recycled, which means that the valuable materials that have been used to make them can be made into new batteries. This also saves energy, helping to cut carbon emissions.
Haringey residents have an increasing number of options for disposing of batteries safely.
More information on each of these is given below.
There is a Reuse and Recycling Centre in Haringey, which has collection points for household and car batteries. The Centre is located at:
- Western Road, Wood Green, N22 6UG
The Centre is open 8.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm at weekends (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday).
- For more information please visit the Reuse and Recycling Centre page
Recolight is working in partnership with Sainsbury's to provide special recycling banks for energy-saving lightbulbs and household batteries, and one of these is located in Harringay ward in the south of the borough:
- Sainsbury's - Harringay Superstore
The Recolight recycling bank is at the side of the car park outside the front of the store, opposite the W5 bus stop.
For more information please visit the Recolight website (external link).
Since 1 February 2010, retailers selling more than 32kg of portable batteries each year have been required to take back used batteries from residents, under the Batteries Directive. This requirement extends to single-use and rechargeable batteries, and also includes removable batteries from electronic equipment like mobile telephones and cameras.
Stores that offer this service are being encouraged by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to display a 'Be Positive' sticker or poster in their window, so look out for the image on the right.
All the major supermarkets, electrical retailers and DIY stores should provide this service in their larger stores.
For more information about the Batteries Directive and what retailers are required to do, please visit the GOV.UK website (external link).
The Batteries Directive applies to portable batteries. The following information may be useful to understand the types of batteries that this covers.
Portable batteries range from AAA cells, through mobile phone batteries, to button cells used in hearing aids and watches. If a battery is available for purchase by the general public or businesses, then it is likely to be portable unless it is too big to be hand-carried or is clearly an automotive or industrial battery.
Other products that use portable batteries include portable cameras, laptops, cordless power tools, toys and household appliances such as electric toothbrushes, razors and hand-held vacuum cleaners. Portable batteries can be of mixed sizes and chemistries (e.g. alkaline, lithium, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, etc).
An industrial battery is any battery designed for exclusively industrial or professional uses or used in any type of electric vehicle. An automotive battery is any battery used for automotive starter, lighting or ignition power.