Welcome to the waste directory - batteries
What can be recycled?
- Dry cell (low-moisture electrolyte) batteries.
- Wet batteries (unsealed, such as lead acid car batteries) should be disposed of through the hazardous waste stream.
What is included?
What happens to this waste stream?
Batteries waste stream
Batteries represent <1% of our total waste.
- There is a legal requirement to recycle batteries so these must not be placed in the general waste
Car batteries, also, must not be disposed of as general waste.
Where do I put batteries?
- Dry batteries should be placed in the designated black and orange bin.
- See the Battery recycling locations list below.
Who empties the battery bin?
- The Soft Services Support Team (South Kensington) or cleaning team (elsewhere) will empty the bins when required.
- Full containers are stored in a locked compound ready for collection by a specialist recycler.
What happens then?
- Various metals are recovered and recycled in line with regulations.
Battery recycling locations:
- Bessemer - Main entrance Level 2
- Sir Ernst Chain - Loading bay (at west end next to goods lift)
- Blackett - Next to loading bay
- Bone - Ground floor, outside stores
- Chemistry - Chemistry 2 Foyer and 232A (JCR IT room)
- Faculty - Level 1 (equipment area)
- Eastside - Shop
- EEEB - 102a (reprographics/stores)
- ETHOS - Ground floor through doors left of reception area
- Flowers - Ground floor reception
- Huxley - Outside room 339
- City and Guilds - 190 (stores), Opposite 309 & 310
- RCS1 - Recess at the entrance to the Whiteley Suite
- RODH ACEX - side of lift (outside 475B)
- RSM - Lower ground, beneath reception
- SAF - Ground floor main entrance
- Sherfield - Loading bay
- Skempton - Opposite 207
- The Business School - Level 1 kitchen
- 11 Princes Gardens - Ground Floor corridor
- 14 Princes Gardens - 14G3, ground floor hallway
How Green is this Route?
- All batteries are recycled.
- Bins and kegs to hold/transport the batteries are reused.
- Batteries contain a number of heavy metals and toxic chemicals by ensuring that these are recycled we are avoiding the risk of soil contamination and water pollution
- Before these regulations came into force most batteries were discarded into landfill. Batteries contain various hazardous metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium. It can be damaging to the environment to dispose of them through landfill and burning batteries also causes atmospheric pollution.
- The resources that can be gained from the batteries are the very same materials being mined (at great cost) in other parts of the world. By helping to recycle batteries not only are you helping the environment but also helping to keep down the cost of new batteries.
How can I help?
- Use rechargeable batteries wherever possible.
- You can even buy a solar powered recharger!
- Plug electrical equipment into the mains electricity.
- Try to buy appliances that use renewable energy: a wind-up radio or torch, dynamo bicycle lights or a solar powered calculator.
Peter Bodi, Supervisor Support Operations: x50223