Battery recycling starts in North Devon

NEW battery recycling boxes are to be placed in locations across North Devon, to make it easier for people to recycle their dead batteries, and to cut the amount going to landfill. North Devon Council has arranged for the boxes to go out into the commun

NEW battery recycling boxes are to be placed in locations across North Devon, to make it easier for people to recycle their dead batteries, and to cut the amount going to landfill.

North Devon Council has arranged for the boxes to go out into the community, with the scheme being managed by recycling company Valpak. Among the locations will be:

* Civic Centre, Barnstaple

* The Amory Centre in South Molton


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* The Ilfracombe Centre

* the Works and Recycling unit at Seven Brethren

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* Barnstaple and Lynton libraries

* Petroc (formerly North Devon College)

* various schools across North Devon.

If other schools would like to get involved in the scheme, they are being urged to contact the Works and Recycling Service.

The recycling boxes will be able to take a variety of battery sizes, including watch batteries and common AAs and AAAs, to the larger Ds, Cs and 4.5, 6 and 9 volt batteries. Batteries from mobile phones, laptops and power tools can also be placed in the boxes.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, says: "We all use batteries, whether they're in our children's toys or in the TV remote control. So when they reach the end of their life, we want people to put them in these special boxes, instead of putting them straight in the bin. By placing them in the recycling boxes, they'll be taken away and recycled. Of course, it's better still if batteries aren't wasted in the first place, so if you're about to buy some, think about getting rechargeables instead."

It's thought around 600 million household batteries are thrown away each year in the UK. Only 3% of these are recycled, with the rest going to landfill. The danger of this is that batteries contain acids and heavy metals, such as lead and mercury. They can then break down and leak, causing harm to the environment and wildlife.

For further advice about recycling, please contact the Works and Recycling Service on 01271 374776 or email greensweepdirect@northdevon.gov.uk.

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