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In 10 years to 2015, 2,300 tonnes of portable waste batteries were collected for safe recycling in Ireland – the equivalent of over 125 million AA batteries. In 2018 alone 856 tonnes of waste batteries were collected for recycling. (Source WEEE Ireland). This is great but we all can do more!
Did you know?
Did you know waste batteries are classified as hazardous waste and recycling is always the best option? Ordinary household batteries used in radio’s, remotes, kids, toys and other gadgets contain some hazardous chemicals so ideally should not be thrown in the green or black bin with your other types of waste. The same can be said for rechargeable batteries which also contain harmful materials.
Why recycle batteries?
Recycling electrical items and batteries help’s reduce the number of items entering landfill and ensure’s any heavy metals and chemicals contained in batteries are managed in an environmentally responsible way.
Do something new!
When buying batteries remember ordinary batteries require a lot of energy to create them so why not save energy and some money by trying rechargeable batteries and/or electricity operated equipment instead of batteries. Rechargeable batteries are a more environmentally friendly option as they can last for several hundred charging cycles resulting in less waste being produced.
Where to recycle?
Thanks to EU Regulations implemented in 2008 it’s very easy to recycle your old batteries! According to the regulations, all retail outlets that sell batteries are now obliged to take back old batteries of similar type.
Here are some options for recycling end of life batteries.
- Chains of retail stores and shops were batteries are sold – Aldi and Lidl Ireland are leading the way!
- Local recycling centres accept old and waste batteries.
- School all over Ireland works in partnership with WEEE Ireland to recycle waste batteries.
- WEEE Ireland waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling days.
- Recycle IT recycle batteries from business, homes, schools, colleges, and charities daily through our collection and drop off services.
In Ireland, the WEEE Ireland battery recycling scheme operates on behalf of producers of battery and electrical appliances. It aims to encourage people at home and in work to manage their electrical and battery waste responsibly. Waste batteries can then be deposited in WEEE Ireland blue boxes at many locations across our country. Please find a list here
Eucobat is the European association of national collection schemes for batteries. They assure that all waste batteries are collected and recycled in an ecological sound way, and contribute this way to a better environment. WEEE Ireland promote European Battery Recylcing Week in Sept each year and has since 2015. Recycle IT support this week and make an great effort to increase batteries recycled.
Recycle IT work in partnership with WEEE Ireland to offer a collection and drop off recycling services for old electrical, electronic and battery-operated equipment including batteries. The collection service is offered throughout Dublin and the surrounding areas and our teams are delighted to accept waste batteries as part of any recycling collection.