The Batteries Directive which came into force on 1 February 2010 aims to ban the landfilling and/or disposal of batteries (a hazardous waste) and encourage recycling instead.
Users of portable batteries (which are sealed batteries or battery packs that you can carry, including; rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, button cells and batteries in household appliances) are being encouraged to recycle their used batteries instead of throwing them away.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is not responsible for collecting batteries for recycling. In the UK, producers and retailers of batteries have to fund collection and recycling through take-back schemes. This means that you can return your used batteries to any shop that sells portable batteries (except small retailers who sell less than 32kg of batteries per year and who are not required to take back batteries). You can still recycle your batteries at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
Where can I take used batteries?
Household batteries can now be taken to the following shops in Basingstoke where designated recycling points have been set up;