The UK generates 20,000-30,000 tonnes of wasted general-purpose batteries every year, but less than 1,000 tonnes are recycled. The energy needed to manufacture a battery is on average 50 times greater than the energy it gives out.
All batteries contain one or more toxic heavy metals, such as nickel cadmium, alkaline, mercury, nickel metal hydride and lead acid, and these materials can harm the environment if not properly disposed of.
Thankfully, it is now possible to recycle household (non-lead acid) batteries, including batteries from toys, electrical appliances, phones, calculators etc which might contain the following: Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Lithium, Lithium Ion, Silver Oxide, Zinc Carbon and Mercury Oxide.
Batteries can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Sites at East Grinstead and Burgess Hill.
Some high street stores also offer battery recycling facilities e.g. Currys & Robert Dyas
Batteries can also be recycled at Sainsbury's bring sites at East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.
Alternatively, try to use rechargeable batteries, buy solar powered or clockwork equipment.