Battery Disposal

As a leading cause of waste fires, batteries must be recycled rather than binned. However, batteries are classified as hazardous waste, therefore, battery disposal needs to comply with regulations at a licensed facility.

W&S are a fully licensed Hazardous Waste and WEEE Waste recycling company, with household and commercial recycling facilities across Dorset that can accept batteries.

By disposing of your dead batteries at a recycling facility, you will be reducing the risk of waste fires and the negative impact their disposal can have on the environment.

Discover easy battery disposal with W&S Recycling. Give us a call on 01202 675564.

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Battery Disposal Services


At our licensed disposal facilities, we are able to accept a range of battery types. These include:

  • Car batteries
  • Domestic/alkaline batteries
  • Lithium batteries
  • Ni-Cd batteries

It is important to remember not all batteries are easily accessible, and hidden batteries need to be recycled too. We recommend you remove batteries from electrical equipment before disposing of them. However, if you are unable to do this, you can dispose of them together as WEEE waste.

Speak to a member of our expert team to learn more about battery disposal at W&S. Call us on 01202 675564.

Types Of Batteries You Can Dispose Of At W&S Recycling


Car Battery Disposal

When it comes to car battery disposal, it's all about being responsible. Whether you are a garage owner dealing with car maintenance or have replaced your own car battery, you will need to handle the battery disposal properly to reduce the impact on the environment. Throwing it away in general waste is dangerous and illegal as the chemicals can cause some serious harm if they end up in the wrong place. Several of our recycling facilities are licensed to accept car batteries from businesses and individuals.

Domestic/Alkaline Batteries

When it comes to domestic or alkaline batteries disposal, such as AA and AAA batteries, it's important to handle them with care as they contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. By recycling your dead batteries, you can prevent any hazardous chemicals from ending up in landfills and reduce our environmental impact.

Lithium Batteries

Lithium batteries, renowned for their high energy density, power various devices from smartphones to electric vehicles. Due to their widespread use, these batteries often end up in household electronics and portable gadgets. However, when disposed of improperly, lithium batteries pose significant environmental risks. They contain toxic chemicals like lithium, cobalt, and nickel, which can contaminate soil and water if not handled carefully. To reduce these dangers, it's crucial to dispose of lithium batteries at licensed recycling facilities that are equipped to safely dismantle and recycle them, preventing hazardous materials from leaching into the environment and ensuring proper resource recovery.

Ni-Cd Batteries

Ni-Cd (Nickel-Cadmium) batteries, known for their rechargeable nature, are commonly found in everyday items such as portable electronics, power tools, and medical devices. Despite their convenience, it's important to dispose of Ni-Cd batteries in line with regulations due to toxic heavy metals like cadmium. Improper disposal of these batteries can lead to environmental contamination, as cadmium may seep into the soil and water, posing risks to ecosystems and public health. Dispose of your Ni-Cd batteries safely at our licensed recycling facilities.

Battery Disposal FAQs

Batteries contain chemicals which can cause significant harm when incorrectly disposed of.

Lithium in batteries can cause fires, and impact soils and water quality in surrounding areas of landfills.

Most batteries can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres and dedicated battery collection centres.

Batteries that can be recycled include:

  • Lead-acid (car) batteries
  • Lithium-ion (rechargeable) batteries
  • Nickel-cadmium (rechargeable) batteries
  • Nickel-metal hydride (rechargeable) batteries
  • Alkaline (single-use) batteries

When taking the batteries to a dedicated battery collection and recycling centre, you don’t need to do anything to prepare the batteries for disposal.

To be extra safe, you can place some sellotape over each end of any lithium battery to stop any short-circuiting.

If batteries go into a landfill, the chemicals within the battery can seep into the surrounding ground, leading to pools of water and soil in the area. This can be harmful to the local ecosystem.

Yes, household batteries like AA, AAA, C and D can be recycled at household recycling centres and collections.

If the battery is no longer powering your items, or holding its charge (if a rechargeable battery), this indicates that it should be disposed of at a recycling facility.

Recycled batteries are processed to extract valuable materials like lead, nickel, cobalt, and lithium, which can then be reused in manufacturing new batteries or other products.


Battery Disposal at W&S Recycling

Battery disposal couldn’t be easier at W&S Recycling. Simply find your local licensed recycling facilities that accept batteries and visit them with your used batteries.

All of our Household Recycling Centres are fully licensed to accept all types of batteries, including car batteries. However, please note that if you are a business looking for battery disposal, you will not be permitted to dispose of batteries at these centres, and will need to dispose of them at Kennington Road or Candys Lane recycling centres.

When visiting our site, all you will need to do is head to the weighbridge where you will be required to share with us a few details about your disposal, then you will be able to head to the battery recycling bay. Once you have placed your batteries in the correct bay, you can return to the weighbridge to collect any relevant paperwork and pay for your disposal.

Check with us which site can accept battery disposal and tipping prices by calling us on 01202 675564 or emailing

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