This picture shows the different types of batteries that can be recycled. AAA, AA, C, C, 9V, Phone, Button, 6V, Power Tool, Laptop

How to store batteries safely before collection

  • Store in a cool, dry place and out of direct sunlight
  • Do not store leaking or damaged batteries
  • Cover the contacts on laptop/mobile phone batteries and button batteries with tape and remove trailing wires. This will reduce the risk of the batteries short circuiting

How to present your batteries for collection

Please place your batteries in a clear plastic bag and put on top of your black wheeled bin. If you live in a flat-fronted property and put bags out for collection, place your batteries in a clear plastic bag and put on top of one of your black bags so the crew can easily spot it.

Batteries will be collected weekly along with you scheduled rubbish collection.

If you live in a block of flats with a communal collection, please continue to take your batteries to local shops and supermarkets or the Portsmouth Household Waste Recycling Centre.

What batteries can be recycled?

The following batteries can be recycled through this service:

  • 6V
  • 9V
  • AA
  • AAA
  • C
  • D
  • Button cell
  • Vape batteries
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Mobile phone batteries
  • Laptop batteries (with the terminals taped)
  • Power tool batteries

Please note: For batteries that can’t be removed safely from the device, recycle the whole device with the battery as an electrical item.

We cannot accept:

  • Batteries with trailing wires
  • Children’s ride on toy batteries
  • Corroded batteries
  • Motorbike or car batteries
  • Industrial batteries
  • Sealed lead acid/gel batteries
  • 12V leisure batteries
  • Non-household batteries

What happens to the batteries after collection?

After your batteries have been collected from the kerbside, they are placed in a separate container at the waste collection depot.

Once the container is full, the batteries are collected and treated through the Valpak compliance scheme by Approved Batteries Treatment Operators.

Batteries are then sorted into their different chemistry types (e.g. lithium-ion, zinc, or nickel cadmium) to ensure the maximum amount of original material can be recovered to make new products.

There are many different ways of recycling batteries, but the aim is always the same – recovering the raw material used to make the battery so that it can be used again for something new. Below is table showing how the materials from different types of batteries can be used:

Battery TypeBattery UseRecovered MaterialPotential Uses
Nickel CadmiumPower tools




Metal plating

Steel industry






Steel industry

Many industrial applications

Many industrial applications

Nickel Metal HydrideMobile phones



Steel industry

Steel industry




Electronics, battery, paint manufacture

Steel industry

How to reduce battery waste

There are different ways to prevent battery waste, here are a few tips:

  • Use rechargeable batteries wherever possible
  • Use electrical equipment you can charge through a USB connection
  • Try to buy appliances that use renewable energy – a wind-up radio or torch, dynamo bicycle lights, or a solar powered calculator