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how car batteries are recycled explained

Recycling Your Vehicle's Battery

At some point, the starter battery in your vehicle will reach the end of its life. Because of the toxic contents batteries contain, you should always recycle your car battery responsibly. Here’s what you can do.

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Ask your garage to recycle it

If the battery is replaced at your garage, they may be happy to take the old battery from you for recycling.

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Take it to a recycling centre

Your local recycling centre will accept most types of household waste, including vehicle batteries, without charge.


Some businesses – such as licensed, authorised treatment facilities (vehicle dismantlers), metal recycling companies and other waste removal / treatment companies – might accept your battery without charge in return for the value of the scrap metal.

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Contact your manufacturer

Manufacturers of electrically powered or hybrid vehicles are obliged by law to arrange for the treatment and recycling of the batteries that power them when they become waste.


For advice about disposing of a battery for an electrically powered or hybrid car call 01582 426 534 or:

All battery producers in the UK must be registered with the government as part of an EU-wide initiative to increase battery collection and recycling, and completely prohibit the landfill or incineration of automotive and industrial batteries. Vauxhall’s battery producer registration number is BPRN00474.