Battery recycling bins should now be in EVERY supermarket. Are they?
Right then, be honest, how many of you recycle your batteries once they’ve ran out of doing-juice? We’re betting that it isn’t very many of you, mainly because there are so few battery recycling locations out there.
Spank yourself firmly on the back of the wrist if you’re still planning to hurl your spent batteries in the bin because that isn’t an excuse any more. New legislation came into force on Monday this week, and now any retailer who sells more than 32kg of batteries in a year (the equivalent of one pack of 4 AA batteries per day) must provide a recycling point for your simple and convenient battery dumpage.
At the moment, 97% of an estimated 30,000 tonnes of batteries eventually end up in landfill sites every year, where they can leak toxic chemicals into the soil. Under the new legislation, the aim is to ensure that 45% of batteries are recycled by 2016.
The recycling bins will be regularly emptied free of charge under the government's Battery Compliance Scheme and if flogging one pack of AAs per day qualifies a retailer for the scheme, we imagine that the shops should now be full of battery recycling bins. Bet they’re not though.
Here’s a multi-pound promotional video that has been produced by Defra to launch this high-profile initiative. Mightily impressive stuff…
[Thanks to HotUKDeals member peter_griffen]