If you are using batteries in your business here’s what you need to know about their disposal

  • It is illegal for battery producers to send batteries to incineration or landfill,
  • Batteries contain toxic metals such as nickel and cadmium which pose a significant risk to health and safety.
  • Inappropriate disposal could have serious negative implications for the environment.
  • Batteries must be disposed of by a registered contractor who is certified in dealing with this type of waste.
  • Batteries are classed as hazardous waste.
  • At the end of their life batteries should be placed in a container which is used for this waste stream only, this should be clearly labelled.
  • Labels with symbols showing the metal content of the battery waste also need to be clearly marked on the containers.