West Sussex Residents Urged Not To Bin Batteries

Published: 29 December 2021

Nearly a quarter of people across the UK admit binning used batteries, and many people are unaware batteries are pre-built inside smaller items – it only takes a single battery to spark a fire.

As many of you are replacing batteries, toys and electricals around the Christmas and New Year period, West Sussex County Council is urging you not to throw used batteries or electricals in the waste or recycling bin because of the risk that they could be setting off a blaze.

Often batteries have some remaining charge and devices, including mobile phones, e-cigarettes, and laptops, are known to have caught fire in waste collection lorries and local sorting facilities in recent years.

Deborah Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change said: “We’ve seen a rise in the number of fires from batteries or electrical items in collection vehicles and where we process waste - it only takes one spark to cause a blaze ... that’s why you’ll see battery collection bins at so many major retailers, and of course at our own Recycling Centres in West Sussex.

Lives are at stake, so the message is simple – please don’t bin your batteries and risk a fire this Christmas.

To find your nearest battery recycling point at a shop or supermarket where you live, visit the Recycle Now website and enter your postcode.

Battery collection points are available across Recycling Centres in West Sussex. To find your nearest battery recycling point at a shop or supermarket, visit the Recycle Now website and enter your postcode.