How to recycle batteries

You can usually return your old batteries to the place you bought them. If a store sells more than 32kg of batteries annually (roughly 345 four-packs of AA batteries), that shop must provide battery recycling collections in store. This includes large stores of Sainsbury’s and Asda.

All household batteries can be recycled, watch batteries. Remember that when handing back laptop and mobile batteries, the electrical tape must be put over the terminals.

Battery recycle

How to recycle mobile phones

Inside your smartphone is a host of materials that can be reused, such as metals, plastics and silver. One of the easiest ways to ensure your phone lives on is to pass it on to a charity shop, which can make money by selling them on to mobile phone recycling companies.

Often you can return the mobile phone to the shop you bought it from and make money by selling it back to the supplier. For instance, EE Recycle & Reward allows you to send it your phones from any network to a Freepost address. Enter your device and details on the condition of the phone and you receive a quote based on that.

Alternatively, you can drop them in at the household waste and recycle centres in the ‘small electricals’ section

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