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WEEE Regulations & Battery Recycling

Battery Recycling
As part of our commitment to reduce the environmental impact of our own operations and those of our customers, our customers are invited to either return their used portable batteries to any Office Depot site for recycling or to order a recycling box from environment compliance scheme, Budget Pack. The process is simple, log on and register at to order a container to collect batteries, and log in again to request a collection when it is full. Alternatively, you can find your local waste portable battery recycling facility at

Why we take recycling of batteries seriously

Some household batteries contain chemicals like lead, mercury or cadmium. If batteries are disposed of in your normal waste bin, they are likely to end up in landfill. When the batteries are put into landfill they start to break down, and can leak some of these chemicals into the ground. This can cause soil and water pollution, which may lead to health risks.

Recycling avoids this and can also recover some of the raw materials used for making batteries. These can be used to make other products. The result of recycling means we can save some of the planet`s resources by reducing the need to mine new materials.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations
So that you can get your old electrical products recycled, we have made a financial contribution toward the development of improved recycling collection points (known as `Designated Collection Facilities`) throughout the UK through our membership of the Distributor Take Back Scheme. To remind you to recycle, all new electrical products are marked with a crossed out wheelie bin symbol.

You can take any old electrical equipment to participating civic amenity sites (often known as `household waste recycling centres`) run by their local councils. Please remember that this equipment will be further handled during the recycling process, so please be sure to remove any non-electrical product (for example food waste).

You can locate your closest participating recycling centre using please remember to have your postcode to hand.