Batteries, what you need to know!

Batteries are part of our everyday life; used both at home and at work they are a familiar product, but how much do we know about them? Some batteries contain toxic metals such as cadmium and mercury, lead and lithium, which become hazardous waste and pose threats to health and the environment if improperly disposed.

AA Battery Recycling provide a service to collect and re-use or recycle your unwanted batteries, to find out more please contact us

Battery Regulation

The UK battery regulation 2009/890 is the implementation of the EU Directive 2006/66/EC which aims to minimise the negative impacts of batteries and accumulators on the environment.

The Directive establishes:
(i) rules regarding the placing on the market of batteries and accumulators
(ii) specific rules for the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste batteries to promote a high level of collection and recycling, by approved operators.

The regulations define the 3 battery types, within each category there are a number of different battery chemistries:

Automotive Batteries

An automotive battery is one which is used for the starting or ignition of the engine of a vehicle, or for providing power for any lighting used by such a vehicle.

Battery Chemistry

  • Lead acid
  • Wet Cell
  • Sealed
  • Lithium ion

Typical applications

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Forklift vehicles
  • Mobility Scooters

We recycle all Automotive batteries and in some instances provide a rebate

Portable Batteries

A portable battery or battery pack is one which is sealed, is less than 4kg in weight, and is neither an auto-motive or industrial battery

Battery Chemistry

  • Alkaline
  • Zinc chloride
  • Nickel metal hydride
  • Dry Nickel Cadmium battery cells and packs
  • Lead acid
  • Silver oxide
  • Lithium ion
  • Lithium-thionyl chloride (LiSOCI2 or LTC)
  • Lithium manganese dioxide (MnO2 or Li-M)
  • Lithium sulfur dioxide (LiSo2)

Typical applications

  • Mobile phones
  • Computers
  • Domestic Devices e.g. clocks, toys, controls
  • Power tools

Industrial Batteries

An industrial battery or battery pack is one which is

  • Designed exclusively for industrial or professional uses
  • Used as a source of power for propulsion in an electric vehicle
  • Unsealed, but is not an automotive battery
  • Sealed, but not a portable battery
  • Can be less than 4kg

Battery Chemistry

  • Wet Nickel Cadmium battery cells and packs
  • Dry Nickel Cadmium battery cells and packs
  • Zinc–carbon
  • Zinc chloride
  • Nickel metal hydride
  • Lead acid
  • Silver oxide
  • Lithium ion
  • Lithium-thionyl chloride (LiSOCI2 or LTC)
  • Lithium manganese dioxide (MnO2 or Li-M)
  • Lithium sulfur dioxide (LiSo2)

Typical applications

  • Energy storage – Renewables
  • Medical
  • Aviation
  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Electric vehicle batteries (EVB) including bikes

We can recycle any size or type of household battery including

AA batteries

AAA batteries

C batteries

D batteries

9V batteries

Laptop batteries

Mobile batteries

Power tool batteries

We also recycle Industrial, Commercial and Professional Batteries including

Defibrillator batteries

Emergency light batteries

Life jacket batteries

E-bike batteries

Hybrid batteries

Approved Battery Treatment Operator (ABTO)

You must be an Approved Battery Treatment Operator (ABTO) if you:

• Treat and recycle waste portable batteries and want to issue evidence notes on them
• Treat and recycle waste industrial and automotive batteries

In the UK, sorting is a treatment activity, so any waste that includes industrial and/or automotive batteries can only be sorted by an ABTO.

As an Approved Battery Treatment Operator (ABTO) AA Battery Recycling are licensed to sort and segregate mixed batteries.

What happens to your Batteries

The batteries are weighed, identified and sorted into the various battery types and chemistries; those suitable for re-use are segregated and sent for cell testing.

Once sorted, the batteries are protected from shorting and are packed into suitable containers for export to the appropriate processing sites.