Council reminds residents to help preserve the planet by recycling their batteries.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Rochford District Council’s Recycling Team are reminding residents and businesses that they can recycle their used household batteries at both council office sites in South Street, Rochford and Hockley Road, Rayleigh.

Batteries contain valuable yet toxic materials that can be harmful to humans and the environment. Heavy metals have the potential to leach slowly into soil, groundwater or surface water, they should never go in your recycling bins for kerbside collection. The best place for them is to be placed in recycling programs designed specifically for batteries.

Why not try some of our handy tips to reduce this type of waste:

  • 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

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Dave Sperring said: “While batteries may seem harmless, many of them are not and incorrect disposal can be dangerous for refuse collection crews, the public and the environment.

“Batteries contain valuable resources that can be recycled an indefinite number of times, so we would like to remind residents to dispose of waste batteries in the correct manner. There are plenty of battery recycling points throughout the district, at shops, libraries and the reception areas at our council offices, there really is no excuse for these to end up in your kerbside waste”.

Visit Recycle Now to find battery recycling points in the district.

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