Batteries frequently asked questions


What batteries can be put out for collection?

Most batteries you find in your home can be put out of collection, including single use and rechargeable. These are:

  • AA
  • AAA
  • D
  • C
  • 6V
  • 9V
  • Button

Industrial and car batteries cannot be collected via this scheme. Batteries with trailing wires can also not be collected as part of this scheme. To reduce the risk of short circuiting, cover the contacts on lithium and button cell batteries with sticky tape.


How should I put my batteries out?

Batteries should be please in a small clear tied bag e.g. sandwich bag and placed of top of your black bin lid. You could reuse an old empty bread bag. To reduce the risk of short circuiting, cover the contacts on lithium and button cell batteries with sticky tape.


Can I put car batteries out for collection?

Unfortunately, as car batteries contain acid they cannot be taken with the other batteries collected within this scheme. Car batteries can be disposed of at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. To find your nearest please visit the County website here.

Can I put out just one battery?

To help make the scheme more efficient, we ask that residents save batteries until they have at least 10 to present. This helps reduce the risk of the bag blowing away in windy weather and reduces the use of plastic bags. Bags with fewer than 10 batteries will still be collected however.

Why can't I put batteries put into the green bin if they all go for recycling?

Batteries require specialist recycling process so cannot be recycled along with the contents of the green bin which include cans, cardboard, paper, plastic and glass which are sorted by conveyor belts at the MRF (Materials Recycling Facility). Certain batteries also pose a fire risk and could cause a fire in the recycling.