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Residents are urged to stop putting batteries in bins

by Cathy Sheel

Residents are being urged to stop putting batteries in their bins, as they can cause fires and pollute the environment.

Batteries can contain hazardous materials, such as mercury, lead and cadmium which, if they are not disposed of correctly, can cause fires in waste collection vehicles and in household bins.

Things to remember when recycling batteries

All batteries should be recycled separately, never thrown away.

  • There are hidden batteries with electricals which can start fires when crushed or damaged inside bins or recycling lorries
  • Where possible, remove batteries from electricals before recycling. If you’re unable to remove the battery, recycle it together with your old electricals.
  • Everything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled.
  • Batteries shouldn’t go in your recycling bin, bag or box.

There are two Household Waste Recycling Centres in Knowsley that accept batteries. They’re at Wilson Road, Huyton (L36 6AD) and Depot Road, Kirkby (L33 3AR). Residents can also find dedicated drop-off locations for battery disposal at many shops and supermarkets. To find your nearest recycling point residents can use the Recycle Your Electricals postcode locator.

According to research by Material Focus, at least 25% of the UK public admit to binning batteries and 45% of householders are unaware of the fire risk if they don’t safely dispose of batteries hidden inside electricals.