Keep your bin crew safe
Please do not throw any batteries in any of your wheelie bins at home. This is because they are a fire risk and contain hazardous materials.
How to store batteries safely at home
- Store batteries in a dry environment at room temperature or slightly cooler.
- Store single use batteries in their original packaging, so they are not in contact with other batteries.
- If you don’t have the original packaging, line up the same type of batteries in a container with all the positive ends facing in the same direction.
- Do not store batteries with the opposing ends touching one another.
- Avoid storing household batteries with other metal items, like coins, nuts and bolts
- Keep batteries of the same type and age stored together. Avoid mixing different types of batteries with varying levels of power.
- Make sure the batteries won’t be punctured or crushed while they are in storage.
Regular household batteries can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre and at most supermarkets or electrical stores. Find your nearest battery recycling point with Recycle Now’s recycling locator.
When next replacing batteries, why not buy rechargeable batteries instead? You can use them again and again, which will save you money and help you waste less.