Despite the risks to humans and environment, we are still failing to recycle our used batteries according to a new poll.
A recent poll by the charity Hubbub has revealed that over half of the UK population admits to throwing their used batteries in the bin, even though all retailers selling more than 32kg of batteries a year are required to provide collection points.
The root of the problem seems to be that people simply aren’t aware of why it’s important to recycle batteries, and the collection points inside stores are often not particularly visible.
Why Recycle Batteries
Fewer than half of people surveyed were aware that batteries contain valuable heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium – metals which can be reused, and whose toxic contents are extremely damaging to the environment if they’re thrown away with regular waste.
Despite these facts, millions of batteries still end up in landfill every year, wasting the opportunity for constructive recycling and contributing towards land and water pollution.
Furthermore, six in ten people in the UK admit to hoarding used batteries in their homes, in spite of the potential dangers this can present to children and pets. Up to 178 million batteries are thought to be hoarded in this way – batteries which would be safer and far more useful if they were sent for recycling.
Campaign to Recycle
This has all led to a group of major high street retailers heading up a new campaign to raise awareness about the importance of recycling batteries, and to make collection points more visible.
Big brand names such as Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Asda, B&Q, Currys and PC World have all come together to encourage people in the UK to stop hoarding and/or throwing away their used batteries, but rather to take them to local collection points where they can be safely recycled with no danger to families and no damage to the environment.
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