London Increases Battery Recycling Initiative With Collection Bins

12-06-13(4)picBatteryWorking in partnership with European Recycling Platform (ERP), the City of London has introduced 17 new battery collection bins to increase the amount of waste batteries that are recycled in the City.

The UK must recycle 30 percent of all the portable batteries that are sold in 2013, increasing to 45 percent by 2016.

The City of London has partnered with ERP to ensure that people have ample opportunity to recycle that “dead” batteries, placing its latest drop off point in the Barbican & Communities Libraries (pictured).

Each battery placed in the City of London battery collection bins will be taken apart and many of the materials will be recovered and used to make new batteries or other products.

John Tomlinson, Port Health and Environmental Services Committee – “We know that we have to engage with our residents, and also people visiting and working in the City, and we have to look at new ways of doing this”

The bespoke containers have an attractive design – with a transparent front showing the batteries inside – and are made from hard-wearing steel. At just under a metre high, they provide a clear reminder to local residents and visitors to the City of how and where they can recycle their old batteries.

John Tomlinson, chairman of the Port Health and Environmental Services Committee, attended the launch. Mr Tomlinson explained: “We know that we have to engage with our residents, and also people visiting and working in the City, and we have to look at new ways of doing this.”

David Harding, business development manager for ERP UK, commented: “We hope that these containers, which are conveniently located all over the City, will remind people how easy and important it is to recycle their waste batteries.”

The UK must recycle 30 percent of all the portable batteries that are sold in 2013, increasing to 45 percent by 2016.

Batteries are made from important resources and chemicals, including lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and mercury.

More details on batteries recycling in the City of London and the full list of container locations can be found here

 

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