Why waste batteries must be handled with great care
Provided batteries have not been exposed to physical or electrical abuse and are treated with appropriate respect, they are usually safe to store and handle. However, batteries do pose several serious risks including fire, explosion, chemical and heat burns, poisoning, serious electric shock and dangers from heavy weight.
If you store or handle batteries it’s important that you take reasonable steps to avoid the risks materialising.
The use of batteries in portable equipment is growing quickly and those batteries are often extremely volatile (especially Lithium and Lithium ion types) and have been linked to several fires.
Recolight provide a collection service for some of the most common types of portable and industrial battery. All collection partners are offered guidance for the safe storage and handling of batteries to help minimise risk.
Links to the Recolight service and guidance