Lewisham Council started collecting household batteries at the kerbside at the end of 2010. Like the main recycling service, the battery collection service was made straightforward and easy to use which in turn encourages greater take up.
We are nearly approaching the year mark since the collections started and thought it would be a good idea to give residents an indication of the volume of batteries that are collected through kerbside collections.
For those that are not familiar with the household battery collection service, the Council issue residents with a small clear bag that give clear instructions on the type of battery that can be collected in the bag. We encourage residents to only put the bag out for collection once the bag is completely full and not just with a few AA batteries inside. That way we are able to use the bags more efficiently and effectively.
Once the bag is full with 6V, D, C, AA, AAA, 9V and button batteries, you simply leave it on the top of your green wheelie bin or on top of your green box on the day of your recycling collection. Our recycling crews will then pick up the bags and bring them back to our depot where they will be deposited in a large collection box. They will also leave a new bag behind so that you can continue with the collections.
Over the months this box gradually fills up and when nearing capacity, we contact an organisation called Valpak who arrange for the batteries to go to a reprocessor where they are recycled.
The amount of batteries collected to date via the kerbside currently stands at 484 kilos. That’s nearly half a tonne. Another way of looking at this is to say that’s the equivalent of around 24,200 batteries.
As well as kerbside collections, the Council have also been collecting batteries in libraries and schools since September 2009 using 60 litre collection drums. The amount of batteries that have been collected since we started these collections is 1571kg or just over one and half tonnes.
What that means in total is that since September 2009, the residents of Lewisham have recycled just over 2 tonnes of batteries. We’d just like to say thank you to all the residents that use this service and ask them to please continue doing so.