Lancashire County Council aims to encourage recycling of used household batteries to reduce the number that enter the waste stream. The UK currently throws away over 600 million batteries every year.
Lancashire County Council has been running a battery recycling scheme for primary schools since 2004. This was extended to secondary schools in 2010, and the scheme is now therefore available to all Lancashire primary and secondary schools on request.
Schools taking part in the scheme have the chance to win prizes by collecting used household batteries. Primary and secondary schools interested in the scheme can contact Lancashire County Council’s waste helpline. Tel: 0845 0500 957 for further information.
There is no intention, at this stage, to change the current scheme. Batteries will be collected towards the end of each school term, and containers will be provided to collect batteries in. Schools have the opportunity to win a prize for collecting the highest weight of batteries per pupil at the school. Prizes awarded to primary schools in the past have included Laptops, digital cameras and camcorders as well as sports equipment.
How to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle household batteries: