Kerbside Battery Collection
Bedford Borough Council provides a kerbside
collection of used household batteries to all houses in the
Borough as part of our ongoing efforts to increase recycling
Houses are provided with a plastic battery bag
in which they can put their used household batteries.
Residents are still able to use the battery collection facilities
located in the Borough Hall reception area, Bedford’s Household
Waste Recycling Centre at Barkers Lane and in all major
electrical retailers and supermarkets.
How to use the scheme:
1. Put your used batteries in the plastic battery bag (or
clear plastic sandwich bag) and seal it once it’s full.
2. Place the sealed bag on top of your black
refuse bin or black sacks on your normal day of
3. We will collect the batteries and leave a
replacement battery bag tucked under the lid of your black bin.
For residents using black sacks, a replacement
bag will be put through your letter box.
Watch our kerbside battery
collection video on YouTube, created by the Recycling Team.
If you have not received a battery bag, you
can use a clear plastic sandwich bag to put your batteries
in. You will receive a replacement battery bag when it is
collected. Alternatively please contact us on
01234 718060 and we will post a battery bag
|Top Tip: Try to use
rechargeable batteries wherever possible, they are better for the
environment and could save you money. They can also be
recycled in the kerbside battery collection.
Which type of batteries can be recycled?
The following types of batteries can be placed in your
battery bags for recycling:
Please note that we cannot accept car or other industrial
batteries through this scheme.
Why recycle batteries?
- Batteries are produced from valuable and increasingly
scarce raw materials.
- Up to 60% of a battery can be successfully recycled.
- They contain various hazardous chemicals and metals which can
be damaging to the environment
- Legislation introduced in 2009 states that the costs of
collecting, treating and recycling batteries should be met by
the producers. The UK now has a legal obligation to increase
its battery recycling rate to 45% by 2016. The UK currently
has one of the lowest battery recycling rates in Europe.
- Around 600 million UK household batteries (22,000 tonnes) – the
equivalent weight of 22 Jumbo Jets - are sent to landfill each
- The average household uses 21 batteries a year, all of which
could be recycled.
- You can tell your batteries are running low or used up by
testing them in a torch or clock, or by using a battery
- Rechargeable batteries are much more cost effective and better
for the environment
For more information about
the kerbside battery recycling scheme please contact us via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call Customer Services on 01234 718060.