Half the population have never recycled a household battery, with many saying they just don’t know where to take them, according to the European Recycling Platform (ERP).
Around 40% of batteries are sold at Christmas – that’s about 10 per person. It’s not surprising then that the beginning of a new year is when hundreds of tonnes of used batteries could be making their way to landfill.
Which? batteries expert Hazel Cottrell says: ‘When batteries end up in landfill they leak dangerous chemicals. ERP say that in 2009 only 2% of batteries were recycled, so it’s really important we all recycle more of them.’
All shops selling more than 32kg of batteries each year must offer recycling facilities to help reduce the number of batteries that end up in landfill.
The law sets recycling targets at 25% of all batteries sold by 2012 and 45% by 2016. However, of those who don’t recycle batteries 45% said they didn’t know where to recycle them and 29% said they didn’t know it was possible at all. Just 2% said the main reason why they had never recycled a battery was that they don’t have time and only 8% said that they can’t be bothered.
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