Person removing the red plastic cap on a car battery

What to do with car batteries?

17 Dec 21

Used car and vehicle batteries must be recycled in facilities that are properly equipped to handle them as they contain hazardous materials and can pollute the environment when disposed of incorrectly.

Household recycling collections

By law, you must not dispose of car batteries with household waste. Please remember to dispose of your waste responsibly.

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Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

Some local recycling centres will collect used car batteries. Check with your own local authority or HWRC directly. Look out for the car batteries container. 

Most household waste recycling centres will also accept tyres but always best to check directly with the site before you travel.

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Recycling facilities exist

Other recycling collections

Halfords offers battery disposal and recycling in some of their stores. Find out more on their website.

Local garages and scrap metal facilities may take car batteries or sometimes the specialist who replaces your battery will be able to dispose of the old one safely for you.

Recycling facilities exist

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.